It was eventually determined that a woman named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez did in fact exist, but that she had never met Casey Anthony, Caylee Anthony, any member of the Anthony family, or any of Casey's friends.On July 13, 2008, while doing yard work, Cindy and George Anthony found a notice from the post office for a certified letter affixed on their front door.George Anthony picked up the certified letter from the post office on July 15, 2008, and found that his daughter's car was in a tow yard.

The not guilty murder verdict was greeted with public outrage, and was both attacked and defended by media and legal commentators.

Some complained that the jury misunderstood the meaning of reasonable doubt, Casey's mother Cindy asked repeatedly during the month to see Caylee, but Casey claimed that she was too busy with a work assignment in Tampa, Florida.

At other times, she said Caylee was with a nanny, who Casey identified by the name of Zenaida "Zanny" Fernandez-Gonzalez, or at theme parks or the beach.

and alleged Casey wished to free herself from parental responsibilities and murdered her daughter by administering chloroform and applying duct tape.

The defense team, led by Jose Baez, countered that the child had drowned accidentally in the family's swimming pool on June 16, 2008, and that George Anthony disposed of the body.

The defense contended that Casey lied about this and other issues because of a dysfunctional upbringing, which they said included sexual abuse by her father.The defense did not present evidence as to how Caylee died, nor evidence that Casey was sexually abused as a child, Casey did not testify.call made by Cindy, who said she had not seen Caylee for 31 days and that Casey's car smelled like a dead body had been inside it.Cindy said Casey had given varied explanations as to Caylee's whereabouts before finally telling her that she had not seen Caylee for weeks.She was charged with first-degree murder in October 2008 and pleaded not guilty.On December 11, 2008, Caylee's skeletal remains were found with a blanket inside a trash bag in a wooded area near the family home.