By Calvin Palmer
The autopsy report on Caylee Marie Anthony was released today and revealed duct tape had been applied to the head of the two-year-old before decomposition set in. No trace of drugs was found in her body.
Caylee’s remains were found in woods less than a quarter of a mile from her home on Hopespring Drive in Orlando, Florida, in December.
The report was released by Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office after Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland ordered the autopsy report to be made public.
Caylee’s grandparents had fought against its release.
The autopsy report shows an almost complete skeleton of a young child was found, with only a few small bones from the wrists, hands, fingers, ankle, hyoid and patella missing.
Several overlapping pieces of duct tape were found on the skull.
“Although there is no trauma evident on the skeleton, there is duct tape over the lower facial region still attached to head hair,” the report said. “This duct tape was clearly placed prior to decomposition keeping the mandible in place.”
Some of her skeletal remains were intermixed with two plastic trash bags and a canvas laundry bag, which had “a woodsy, outdoor odor with no smell of decomposition”.
Roots growing into the vertebrae and bags indicate that the body was placed there months prior to being found, the report stated and were not inconsistent with the body being placed there soon after the day of Caylee last being seen alive.
The autopsy does not state how Caylee died.
A second report, by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee , was also released and discounted claims by Caylee’s relatives that odors in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car came from old pizza or a dead squirrel.
Of the 51 chemicals identified from Anthony’s trunk carpet sample, 80 percent were consistent with decompositional events, the Oak Ridge report said.
“Nearly all the compounds present in early human decomposition were detected in the trunk samples if their concentrations were high enough to detect,” the report said.
Anthony, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee Marie. She has pleaded not guilty, saying a baby sitter kidnapped the child.