Sheriff Offers Airboats, Patrols, $5K To Keep Search For Caylee Going
A Texas-based group conducting a full-scale physical search in the Orlando area for a missing 3-year-old girl will stay on the job after the Orange County sheriff offered them more resources.
“We’ve been very discouraged with this search, and we were almost got to the point of wanting to pull out. But we got a call from the sheriff of Orange County. He said, ‘Don’t be discouraged. Don’t give up. I’m bringing you airboats, mounted patrol, and $5,000 to help out. Don’t go anywhere,'” said Tim Miller, the founder of Equusearch.
Miller told Local 6 News on Wednesday morning that the group was on the verge of calling off the search for Caylee Anthony, who was reported missing by her mother, Casey Anthony, in mid-July but was last seen in mid-June, because of the small number of volunteers and the lack of cooperation from the Anthony family.
Miller singled out Cindy Anthony, Casey Anthony’s mother and Caylee’s grandmother.
“I feel as though we have been used in this. We are not getting any cooperation. We have done everything Cindy asked us to do,” Miller said. “She wants us to find her granddaughter alive. Guess what. I don’t believe she is alive.”
But Miller said the new resources will allow the search to continue.
“We will dig up the entire landfill. We will drain every ounce of water. We will do whatever needs to be done,” Miller said. “I don’t need grandma’s help. I don’t need her help.”
Equusearch will also send a search team to Texas, checking on claims made by the Anthony family that they have received several reports of Caylee sightings in the Dallas area. The Anthonys will also mail out missing persons fliers.
Meanwhile, Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, are scheduled to visit her in jail at 9 a.m. Thursday. Casey Anthony’s brother, Lee Anthony, is scheduled to visit her Saturday at 1 p.m.
Casey Anthony, 22, remains jailed on unrelated theft charges after she was charged in mid-July with child neglect and filing a false statement in connection to her missing daughter.