ORLANDO, Fla. – Divers searching for a sign of missing toddler Caylee Anthony on Thursday found a plastic bag with toys and small bones weighted down by bricks, bounty hunter Leonard Padilla said.
Inside the bag were two toys and bones the size of fingers and toes, diver David Badalai told WESH 2 News. There also was a shamrock, which Padilla said was a favorite symbol of mother Casey Anthony.
The bag, Balalai said, was held underwater by two bricks.
While law enforcement, including the FBI and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office headed to the scene, divers continued to pull items out of the water. The Sheriff’s Office plans a media briefing later this afternoon, but told WESH 2 News reporter Bob Kealing that the bag is of no value as evidence, and its lead investigator in the case left the scene.
From the air, Chopper 2 pilot Dan McCarthy said divers could be seen going down into drains and handing bags and other items up.
There is no confirmation whether the bones are human or animal. Padilla and Badalai said the bag appeared to be underwater for some time on the muck at the river bottom.
The discovery about 2 p.m. today came on the second day of searching the Little Econlockhatchee River around Blanchard Park on Thursday for any sign of Caylee.
Casey Anthony is in Orange County Jail awaiting trial on first-degree murder and other charges. Prosecutors said she killed her daughter, who has not been seen since June.
“We’re going to keep going forward until the lead wears out,” Padilla said.
Cindy Anthony, Caylee’s grandmother, said her attitude is not changed by the discovery in the search for her granddaughter.
“Until I see someone comes to us with concrete evidence that this is Caylee, it’s just another rollercoaster ride,” said Anthony, who has been critical of Padilla in recent weeks over his visibility in the media and comments about his suspicions about Casey Anthony.
“This could just be another one of Leonard’s antics,” Anthony said.
The family has continued to say they will believe Caylee Anthony is alive until proved they are wrong.
Cindy Anthony said Thursday the family received a tip that someone saw Caylee in a Coral Springs McDonald’s in South Florida.
Padilla said the discovery of a shamrock in the bag is significant, because Casey Anthony had many shamrocks in her life. He said she has a shamrock tattoo and a shamrock sticker on her car.
Previously released photos of Casey Anthony show the shamrock tattoo on her back and wearing a shamrock necklace.
The search was organized by Padilla, who sent nearly 40 divers back into the water to search for the missing toddler. Thursday’s search is much larger than Monday’s.
Padilla said he focused on the park and river because a cross was found nearby that Padilla said contained decorative beads like those in Anthony’s home.