The Florida toddler remains missing – but her mother may face the death penalty

By People Staff
Updated October 15, 2008 04:00 PM

So far, no real trace of missing 3-year-old Cayle Anthony has turned up – and investigators in Florida, who believe she is dead, are turning their fury on her mother, Casey. “She has given us no [meaningful] cooperation,” Capt. Angelo Nieves of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department tells PEOPLE in its new cover story, on sale Friday. “None at all.”

But the case of the toddler who loved to swim and draw, missing since June, has taken a critical turn. On Oct. 14, a grand jury indicted Casey Anthony, 22, on murder charges, which could carry the death penalty.

Authorities have released more than 1,200 pages from the investigation file – including cell phone records and data retrieved from Casey’s computer – that instantly fueled new doubts about the mother.

Among the startling allegations: Casey visited a missing children’s Web site before her daughter vanished last June 15 and searched the Web for information about chloroform. Evidence of a decomposing body was found in the trunk of a car she used.

For the complete story – including testimony from Casey’s brother that his sister described herself as "untrustworthy" the day Caylee’s disappearance was reported – pick up the latest copy of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday