Body Tentatively ID'd as Caylee

Authorities tentatively ID remains as those of missing 3-year-old
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Dec 12, 2008 4:07 PM CST
An FBI investigator searches for evidence at the crime scene in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Dec. 12, 2008.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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(Newser) – Investigators in Florida believe a body discovered yesterday is that of missing toddler Caylee Anthony, a lawyer for her mother told a judge today. The corpse recovered near the Orlando home of her grandparents has been “tentatively indentified” as hers, based on hair color and other physical evidence, CNN reports. The sheriff's office denied that the body had been identified, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, 22, is charged with killing her daughter, who was 2 when she disappeared in June. Defense lawyers maintain her innocence and were in court today seeking access to the autopsy and forensic evidence. After an autopsy, the county medical examiner will send the remains to the FBI lab in Quantico, Va.