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Detectives Missed Google Search in Casey Anthony Case
According to a report from USA Today, very important evidence was missed by the Florida sheriff’s office that investigated the disappearance of Casey Anthony’s daughter. Someone in the home performed a Google search for ”fool-proof” suffocation methods the same day the girl was last seen alive.
Captain Angelo Nieves, from the Orange County sheriff’s office, said on Sunday that the computer investigator from the office missed the search that was conducted on June 16, 2008. The office did not say who performed the search on the computer, but WKMG in Orlando reported that it was conducted on a browser used primarily by the girl’s mother, who was acquitted of the murder in 2011.
During the trial, the attorneys for Anthony argued that Casey tried to help her father, George, cover up her daughter’s drowning in the pool at the family’s home. It was reported by WKMG that investigators from the sheriff’s office were able to pull 17 vague entries from the Internet Explorer browser on the computer, not the Mozilla Firefox browser, which was often used by Anthony. There were over 1,200 Firefox entries, including the search about suffocation, that were skipped.
Authorities said that whoever performed the search looked for the term “fool-proof suffication,” spelling the word wrong. The person then clicked on the article that discussed suicide and ingesting poison and then placing a bag over the head. After the search, the browser recorded the use of MySpace, which is not used by George but by Casey Anthony.
The search was discovered prior to the trial by a computer expert for the defense team. The search was mentioned by Jose Baez, Anthony’s lead attorney, in his book regarding the case. In the book, Baez suggests that George conducted the search after Caylee drowned because he wanted to commit suicide.
Caylee’s body was found six months after she disappeared. Prosecutors argued that she was poisoned with chloroform and suffocated using duct tape on her mouth and nose without knowing about the Google search. The body was so decomposed that an exact cause of death could never be determined by authorities.
Evidence was shown at the trial by prosecutors that said someone inside the home searched the internet for the recipe to make chloroform. Casey Anthony’s mom, Cindy, testified on the stand that she came across those searches by accident when searching for chlorophyll. Jeff Ashton, one of the prosecutors, told WKMG that “it’s just a shame we didn’t have it. This certainly would have put the accidental death claim in serious question.”