The Orange County sheriff’s deputy who checked on an August tip made by the meter reader who discovered the remains of Caylee Anthony in the same area in December was identified Tuesday by Local 6 News.
Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Richard Cain, 40, closed the door of his home when he was confronted by Local 6 News reporter Jessica D’Onofrio, who attempted to ask him questions about the incident.
Cain was hired by Orange County in 2006 and was assigned to patrol the area where Caylee’s remains were found. An administrative review is under way to determine if Cain violated any policies when he went to wooded area to check on the tip, which was phoned in by Orange County utility worker Roy Kronk.
In a Tuesday interview on “Good Morning America,” Kronk said Cain was “kind of rude.”
“There was water there in August, and I guess the deputy didn’t want to go out in the water to look in the bag,” said Kronk, who phoned in tips about a suspicious bag three consecutive days in August.
After the third call was placed, Cain met Kronk near the wooded area, which is located near the home of George and Cindy Anthony, the grandparents of Caylee, who lived at the home with her mother, Casey Anthony.
“The officer showed up, he pulls out a metal baton (and) went to the water’s edge. I pointed in the area where (the bag) was at, (and) he swept his head back and forth and said, ‘I don’t see anything,'” Kronk said on the national TV show.
In a sheriff’s report, Cain wrote that he saw “trash only” while checking on Kronk’s tip.
Cain’s Professional Standards History report shows that there was a complaint filed against him in 2006 for failing to “properly investigate an incident,” Local 6 News reported. The report does not say if Cain had been disciplined for the incident.
January 14, 2009