Forensics Research Paper: Casey Anthony

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On July 15, 2008, Cindy Anthony called the police saying her daughter Casey Anthony stole her car and some money. Later that same day the police received another call from the same person saying that her granddaughter Caylee Anthony had been gone for over a month. When this was heard, they knew they had a big case on their hands. The mother Casey Anthony was taken into custody and told many lies concerning the whereabouts of her daughter. The police began to investigate and found some interesting things that could very well prove Casey Anthony guilty of kidnapping and murder of her own daughter.

While in custody Casey Anthony told the police that she had last seen her daughter in June when she dropped her off with the nanny. When the name of the nanny was given, Zaneida Fernandez – Gonzolaz, the police investigated and were led to a dead end. Casey Anthony told the police that she was employed with Universal Studios, when in fact she hadn’t worked there for two years. After being told these lies, Casey Anthony wasn’t looked on as a truthful person.

Two days later, Caylee Anthony’s body remains were found near the Anthony’s house and the police took possession of Caylee Anthony’s car; they soon began to search the car. They found a human hair in the trunk of the car, a smell of decomposition in the car, a stained paper towel as well as insect activity found in the car.

Further forensics of this hair, found in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car, showed that the hair was in fact human, but there wasn’t part of the root, or DNA tissue so they identification could not be exact. However, the unknown hair had shown many similarities to that of the hair sample of Caylee Anthony, but it could not be determined for certain. Mitochondrial DNA was used to narrow down the identity, “Mitochondrial DNA is forensically useful to confirm a female lineage but does not individualize to one person” (Crime Museum). After this testing was done, it limited the hair to be that of...
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