Casey Anthony And Texas Search Organization Reach Settlement

| by Khier Casino

Casey Anthony, the Florida mother who was found not guilty in the 2008 murder of her daughter, has settled with a Texas search and rescue organization that spent $100,000 looking for her missing 2-year-old daughter, attorneys for the group said on Monday.

She was found guilty of lying to investigators when she told them her daughter, Caylee, had been kidnapped, which called for a search for the girl. The trial was broadcast nationwide.

Caylee’s body was discovered covered in duct tape and dumped in the woods near Anthony's home, six months after she went missing and her death.

Reuters reports that Texas EquuSearch, which allegedly used up its coffers and called for "countless" volunteers in a search for Caylee, sued after Anthony's lawyer told member of the jury in his opening statement during the trial that Caylee drowned in the family's backyard pool, and that Anthony knew she was not missing.

Under the settlement filed last week in federal bankruptcy court in Tampa, Texas Equusearch Mounted Search and Recovery will be named the creditor of $75,000 in Anthony's bankruptcy case, according to the Associated Press.

"Texas EquuSearch's mission and purpose is to help families and individuals to find their missing loved ones," he said. "That's the reason they helped the Anthony family in the first place. While they were searching for Caylee, they got calls from other families for help and had to turn them away."

Anthony will still face charges of defamation by a meter reader who found Caylee's body. Zenaida Gonzalez also sued after Anthony mislead investigators by saying Caylee was taken by a woman with the same name and description.

Anthony was acquitted of murder in the death of her daughter at a trial in 2011. She filed for bankruptcy in January, and has been living in hiding ever since.