According to the Associated Press, the meter reader had possibly alerted authorities to the location of the skeletal remains back in August.
The LA Times reported the following timeline:
A sheriff’s official offered this outline of the three tips by the utility worker in August:
On Aug. 11, the meter reader called the sheriff’s office to report a bag on the “right side” of the road near the intersection of Suburban and Hopespring drives. The meter reader was not there when a deputy arrived. The officer found nothing.
On Aug. 12, the worker called Crimeline, which collects tips on unsolved crimes. That information was documented and sent to a detective, who made a note that the area had been searched by a cadaver dog and the tip was closed out.
On Aug. 13, after the worker called again, two deputies responded — each arriving separately — and met with the meter reader. At least one deputy checked the woods and found nothing.
It should be noted none of the many psychics who took part in searches were able to locate the remains either.
One thing that is puzzling, is the meter reader when the story was first released had gone into the woods to “relieve” himself. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that it was out of curiosity.
An Orange County utilities worker tried three times in August to alert law enforcement of a strange gray bag on the side of Suburban Drive near the home of missing Caylee Marie Anthony, a sheriff’s official said Thursday.
Three times, deputy sheriffs checked the tips, with no results. When curiosity led the same utility worker back to the same spot last week, he found a plastic bag containing the remains of a small child.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Skeletal remains found in the woods are the Florida 3-year-old who has been missing since June, but they don’t reveal any clues about how she was killed, a county medical examiner said Friday. A utility worker stumbled upon the remains last week, less than a half-mile from where the girl lived. DNA tests confirm that the remains match Caylee Anthony’s genetic profile, said the medical examiner, Dr. Jan Garavaglia.