Orange County Sheriff's Office
12/19/2008 at 02:00 PM EST
The mystery is solved.
Officials confirmed Friday that the skeletal remains
discovered in the woods last week belong to missing 2-year-old girl Caylee Anthony.
"With regret, I am here to inform you that the skeletal remains found … are those of the missing toddler Caylee Anthony," medical examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia told reporters during a 2 p.m. press conference in Orlando, Fla. The announcement came after an FBI forensic lab in Virginia matched the child's DNA with bones discovered near her grandparents' home.
According to Garavaglia, "The cause of death will be listed as homicide by undetermined means."
"While I would love to explain the forensic aspects of this case to you ... we must remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty," Garavaglia said.
Anthony's mother, Casey Anthony, 22, was notified in an Orange County jail, where she is awaiting trial on murder charges stemming from her daughter's disappearance
in June. Anthony waited five weeks to report her child missing and maintained that she left Caylee with a babysitter who abducted her.
On Dec. 11, a utility worker discovered the remains of a child in a plastic bag.
Casey Anthony charged with Caylee's murder