Is Casey Anthony In California? Her Private Jet Heads West!

Tue, July 19, 2011 9:47am EST by 4 Comments

Where in the world is Casey Anthony?

That’s the question no one seems to know—perhaps until now. On Tuesday morning, The Today Show reported that Casey—who left a Florida jail Sunday after being acquitted of murdering her daughter Caylee—may be in Carlsbad, Calif., near San Diego.

NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders reported, “Sources say she climbed on board an airplane, that aircraft flying west making multiple stops where she may or may not have stepped off.” He reported that after taking off from the Orlando area, the aircraft stopped in Panama City, Fla., Prescott, Ariz., northern California, then John Wayne Airport in Ontario, Calif.

But what prompted The Today Show to hypothesize that Casey is in Carlsbad? The private jet she flew is registered to the California law firm that employs attorney Todd Macaluso, who at one point, had been a member of Casey’s defense team. Plus, he previously gave her $70,000. And Macaluso’s firm maintains an office at Carlsbad’s Palomar Airport.

If Casey is in California, she’s chosen a state that’s not very welcoming of her: On Friday, California Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell introduced Assembly Bill 1432—dubbed “Caylee’s Law”—which would make it a felony for a parent or guardian to fail to report a missing or dead child within 24 hours of the death or disappearance if it occurred under suspicious circumstances.

Another rumor that made the rounds Monday is that Casey is in Puerto Rico, at a home owned by Geraldo Rivera. But the Fox News Channel journalist shot down that rumor: He told the Orlando Sentinel, “The rumors that I’m hosting Casey Anthony or any other notorious fugitives at any of the properties owned or controlled by me are absolutely not true.

— David Caplan