SIESTA KEY, Fla. -- Is one of Florida's most infamous tabloid fixtures living on Siesta Key? That's the rumor that one Suncoast private investigator is currently digging into.
Licensed Sarasota private investigator Bill Warner maintains the Bill Warner PI Newswire blog, a clearing house for information mostly related to international terrorism and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Warner took time out from documenting Middle Eastern conflict recently to wade into a rumor making the rounds that Casey Anthony has been spotted locally and may be living on Siesta Key.
Anthony made international headlines after she was charged with the 2008 murder of her daughter Caylee. The 2011 trial was a blockbuster that garnered obsessive (some would say excessive) cable news coverage (we're looking at you Nancy Grace) and ended in Casey's acquittal. Since then, the woman dubbed the "Tot Mom" has disappeared from public view.
A recent USA Today story cast Anthony as a hermit, and quoted her lawyer, Cheney Mason, as saying "... She hasn't been freed from her incarceration yet 'cause she can't go out. ... She can't go to a beauty parlor, she can't go shopping to a department store, she can't go to a restaurant, she can't even go to McDonald's. She can't do anything."
That's not what Warner's hearing. The PI wrote in a recent blog post of a "supposed sighting in Morton’s Grocery Store Sarasota FL and rumors that she parties and frequents bars on Siesta Key within walking distance to her rental house ..."
ABC 7's Max Winitz reached Warner by phone Wednesday evening, and the PI confirmed that he is looking into the reported Anthony sightings, though he has yet to find any concrete evidence that she's here.
Mason confirms that Anthony is living at an undisclosed Florida location.
Have you seen Casey Anthony on Siesta Key or elsewhere on the Suncoast? If so, we want to hear from you. Email news@mysuncoast with any information.