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Reports say Casey Anthony could be in Southern California

July 19, 2011 | 12:21 pm

Days after her release from a Florida jail, Casey Anthony is still making headlines as rumors fly about where she might be.

The 25-year-old was recently acquitted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, after an investigation and trial that attracted national attention.

Anthony’s legal team says she has received death threats since her acquittal, prompting a concerted effort to keep Anthony’s post-jail whereabouts unknown to both the public and the press.

She left the Orange County jail in Florida in the middle of the night Sunday and traveled by SUV to a defense attorney’s office in downtown Orlando. Various reports this week have said she then boarded a private plane that ended up in California.

NBC’s “Today” show reported Tuesday that Anthony left Orlando on a plane owned by California attorney Todd Macaluso -- one of Anthony’s former lawyers -– and that flight records indicated the plane eventually landed at John Wayne Airport after making stops in Panama City, Fla.; Prescott, Ariz., and Northern California.

“Sources say she climbed onboard an airplane, an aircraft that’s kept at a hangar right here,” NBC’s Kerry Sanders reported from Carlsbad. “That aircraft, flying west, making multiple stops where she may or may not have stepped off.”

According to its website, Macaluso’s firm has an office at the Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, where it keeps a private plane that “enables us to travel anywhere within the United States in seven hours.”

Bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, citing Macaluso's presence in the region, told KPSP Local 2 affiliate KOVR that he thought Anthony might be in Los Angeles or the Coachella Valley.

“I've said that she's down and around in the Palm Springs area, the Los Angeles area, I believe," Padilla said. "The airplane that she left Florida in belongs to a fellow, an attorney, that was involved in the case, and he's down in that area; he's got a couple places down in that area."

Macaluso, however, told San Diego’s 10News that he had no idea where Anthony was.

“It’s a closely guarded secret I’m not part of,” Macaluso said. “I don’t even want to know.”

Anthony’s current legal team has declined to comment on her whereabouts.


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Photo: Casey Anthony leaves a Florida jail July 17 with attorney Jose Baez after she was acquitted of murdering her daughter Caylee Anthony. Credit: Red Huber-Pool / Getty Images.