Orange County Sheriff's Office
12/12/2008 at 07:15 AM EST
Authorities have found the skeletal remains of a small child near the Orlando home of missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office says the body was discovered by a utility worker Thursday morning about a half mile from Caylee’s grandparent's house, CNN reports
Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary said at an impromptu, 3:30 p.m. news conference that investigators "exhumed remains and transformed them to the medical coroner's office." On Friday's Today
show, Beary said he will have to wait one to two weeks for tests to identify whether or not the remains are Caylee's.
At his Thursday news conference, he added that the Anthony family had been notified of developments at the scene, and asked that the public steer clear of both the Anthony family home and the site where the remains were found.
Earlier, Police Capt. Angelo Nieves said that the skeletal remains found in a plastic bag appeared consistent with those of a young child. There is no indication that the bones found belong to Caylee, who has been missing since June.
Asked about the distance from the site where the remains were found to Casey Anthony's parents' home, sheriff's office spokesman Jim Solomons said it would be "very safe to say it's in very close proximity."
Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony
, 22, was charged with murder after waiting five weeks to report her daughter missing. Casey maintained that she left Caylee with a babysitter at an Orlando apartment on June 9 and that the sitter abducted her. But according to authorities, that apartment had been vacant since February.