Peacock’s ‘Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies’ as well as A&E’s ‘Casey Anthony’s Parents Speak: The Lie Detector Test’ chronicles the strange disappearance of Caylee Anthony and how her grandmother reported the child missing after a whole 31 days. While Casey was subsequently charged with her daughter’s murder and the jury eventually acquitted her, the court of public opinion’s conviction made her life incredibly difficult after the trial.
Apart from featuring an exclusive one-on-one with Casey, this show pieces together the incident through interviews with her friends and family members too. One such individual was Annie Downing Goderwis, who introduced herself as Casey’s former best friend and stated she misses Caylee to this day. Well, let’s delve into the details and find out more about her, shall we?
Who Is Annie Downing Goderwis?
Around the time of Caylee’s disappearance, Annie was pretty close to Casey Anthony. She’d met her when they were in tenth grade, and pretty soon, the two were inseparable. They shared whatever was on their mind, and so the former was also familiar with Caylee. Talking about the 2-year-old, she said that she was a bundle of joy, and it was pretty impossible not to get attached to her.
On July 15, 2008, authorities in Orlando, Florida, received a call from Casey’s mother, Cindy Anthony, who claimed that Caylee had been missing for over a month. Though the police immediately involved themselves in her search and left no stone unturned, they could not understand why Casey waited a month to sound the alarms. For days, law enforcement officials and volunteers from the local community scoured through the city, but to no avail, as there was no news about the missing toddler.
On top of it, Casey had claimed that Caylee was with her nanny, Zenaida Gonzalez, but that information was soon proven false. In fact, in the following days, authorities learned most of her statements were mere falsehoods. For starters, she lied about working at Universal, and then there were several instances of her trying to clearly mislead the investigation. Casey was thus arrested for obstructing the investigation, with the police hoping she would cooperate upon being threatened with jail time.
However, that was not the case. It was only in December 2008 that locals came across a cloth bag in a wooded area near her Florida family home and informed the police about its foul odor. Once detectives looked inside, they found the remains of a baby wrapped in two plastic garbage bags. This body still had duct tape sticking to the hair and were soon identified as that of Caylee Anthony.
Her passing was actually ruled a homicide, so when officials realized that the place from where she was recovered was just a few blocks away from Casey’s house, they charged her with first-degree murder. Further incriminating evidence presented itself when forensic tests indicated that her car might have held a dead person, which made the police believe that Caylee was killed by her own mother.
Where Is Annie Downing Goderwis Now?
When interviewed on the Peacock show, Annie Downing Goderwis insisted Casey could never have killed her own toddler daughter. She claimed she’d witnessed just how much her former best friend loved Caylee and was hence utterly convinced she was a doting mother. Besides, even though the media asserted that Casey was out partying when her child was missing, Annie openly stated that she rarely left the toddler alone and would often turn down the opportunity of going to a party to spend time with her.
However, the former best friend addressed the issue of Casey giving false information and indicated that she was a compulsive liar. Annie even talked about how the latter would lie without necessity and claimed that it was a habit that the mother of one could not beat. Yet, to this day, Annie believes that Casey had Caylee’s best interests at heart.
Comming to her personal standing, Annie currently resides in Port St Lucie, Florida, from where she serves as a Territory Account Manager at Integrated Supply Network. Furthermore, it appears as if she has since built a happy, stable life for herself and is doing well alongside her doting husband plus adorable children. Although she seemingly remains one of Casey’s vocal supporters, a distance has admittedly formed between the two friends. Yet, the former has clarified she still also misses Caylee and even has a tattoo of her name on her shoulder to keep the child’s memory alive.
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