Published December 09, 2008
A photo of a child snapped at a Florida mall has some believing that missing Orlando toddler Caylee Anthony is still alive.
The photo, which was taken by Florida Mall employee Halima Solomita, shows a child that resembles Caylee in a mall playground, MyFOXOrlando reported. Solomita told the station that she tried to call Crimeline but was kept on hold for 20 minutes.
"I took my last cell phone picture as the woman [accompanying the little girl] tried to cover her head with her arm to hide from me taking her picture," Solomita said.
The Anthony family said they now want to see mall surveillance footage of the day the photo was taken.
Caylee's grandfather, George Anthony, told MyFOXOrlando.com that three mall security guards have seen the surveillance video and have approached the family and said they should look at it.
A mall spokesman, however, said they cannot hand over surveillance video to a civilian, especially during an ongoing investigation.
"It’s definitely frustrating, especially when we have people who actually believe they've seen Caylee,” George Anthony told MyFOXOrlando.com. “When you look at that photo we really believe its her.”
Caylee Anthony was last seen in June, but her mother, Casey Anthony, did not report her missing until July. She is presumed dead by authorities. Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and four counts of lying to investigators about the disappearance of her daughter. She faces life in prison if convicted.
Casey Anthony's attorney John Baez plans to subpoena the mall in hopes of getting the surveillance tape, George Anthony said.