Anthony P.I. searched woods 3 times; diary entry date debated
Casey Anthony remains jailed in death of daughter
ORLANDO, Fla. – A private investigator working for the Anthony family visited the woods where Caylee's remains were located three times before the discovery was made and said ABC-TV paid for George and Cindy Anthony to stay at an Orlando hotel, according to a newly released transcript.
A transcript of an interview conducted by Orange County sheriff's investigators with private investigator Dominic Casey, who worked on behalf of George and Cindy Anthony and Casey Anthony, was released Thursday. Casey formerly worked with Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, but later worked for the Anthony family and Casey Anthony -- although not with her defense team.
Casey Anthony, 22, remains jailed on first-degree murder charges in the death of her daughter, Caylee, whose remains were found in a wooded area near the Anthony home in December.
According to the transcript, Casey visited the woods where Caylee's bones were found three times in the month prior to the discovery, including a trip prompted by a psychic.
Investigators asked Casey why he visited the wooded area, and he gave conflicting stories, according to the documents. He said he went once because Casey Anthony's friends mentioned they hung out in the area while they were in high school.
Casey said he was there on Nov. 11 because of a psychic who gave very specific details about where to find Caylee's body, the transcript said. That visit was videotaped by another private investigator, Jim Hoover, who was told by Casey they were there because of a tip, the papers said. Casey was too embarrassed to tell Hoover that the tip had been generated by a psychic, the transcript showed.
It's not known how close Casey was to the direct area where Caylee's remains were found, but Casey did not pass the tip onto law enforcement, the papers said.
Casey also admitted to investigators -- as did Brad Conway, the attorney for George and Cindy Anthony, who was present during the interview -- that a producer with ABC-TV was with George and Cindy Anthony the night Caylee's remains were found, the transcript said. Caylee's grandparents returned to Orlando from Los Angeles after appearing on "Larry King Live" on CNN and stayed at the Ritz Carlton, which was paid for by ABC-TV, according to the transcript.
Meanwhile, a passage in a diary found in Casey Anthony's bedroom was likely not written in 2008, according to evidence reviewed by Local 6 News.
The diary came to light Wednesday when hundreds of documents and photos were released as part of the discovery process.
Speculation suggests that a diary entry saying "Every Day Is A Brand New Beginning" and Casey Anthony having no regrets and being happy were written shortly after Caylee was last seen alive.
But evidence shows that the number "'03" -- likely a reference to 2003 -- was atop a page of the diary, and several pages thereafter appear to be missing. The next page remaining has a date of June 21 and was written in red ink, the same color ink as the reference to 2003, when Casey Anthony was 17 years old.
Records show that on June 21, 2008, the Saturday after Caylee disappeared, Casey Anthony's cell phone did not ping any cell towers near the Anthony home. All pings were from Winter Park, where her then-boyfriend lived. Also, Cindy Anthony told investigators that she was home that day and Casey Anthony was not, saying she was in Tampa.
Phone records show Casey Anthony made or received six phone calls that day but was not near the home, meaning the entry was likely not made there.
The entry may only show the state of mind of a 17-year-old girl during her last summer before her senior year in high school, Local 6 News reporter Tony Pipitone said.
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