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Grandmother: 'I believe we're going to find Caylee'

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  • Cindy Anthony says she believes her missing granddaughter is still alive
  • Caylee Anthony has not been seen since early June
  • Casey Anthony charged with making false official statements, obstruction of justice
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(CNN) -- Two-year-old Caylee Anthony has not been seen since early June, but her mother, Casey Anthony, did not report her missing until nearly a month later.

Police consider Casey Anthony a "person of interest" in her daughter's disappearance.

Two-year-old Caylee Anthony, shown here in this undated photo, went missing in early June.

Anthony has been charged with child neglect, making false official statements and obstructing a criminal investigation. Police also consider Anthony, a "person of interest," in her daughter's disappearance.

Cindy Anthony, Caylee's grandmother, appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" Tuesday to talk about her granddaughter's disappearance and what role she played in her daughter's incarceration.

Some highlights:

Larry King: Do you have any thoughts, Cindy, as to what happened to your granddaughter?

Cindy Anthony: My thoughts are a lot clearer now than they were that night that I made three 911 calls. I'm very confident that Casey will be exonerated of all charges once we find Caylee, so that's why our focus is on trying to find our granddaughter.

King: So you feel she's definitely alive? Video Watch why Cindy Anthony says her granddaughter will be found safe »

Anthony: I believe she is alive when Casey handed her off to the baby sitter. At this point, I just hope to God that no one has done anything to her.

King: Why did you turn your daughter in?

Anthony: Well, a little background, Casey had gone on an extended trip, kind of trying to figure out -- she's 22. We were talking about when it might be the right time for her and Caylee to move out. Her trip just kept getting extended and extended, which was really not a red flag, I mean, the trip itself. There would be a few days at a time that she would go and stay with friends. She went from a couple different friends, and I never got a chance to speak with Caylee during that time.

I would ask Casey periodically if she could put Caylee on the phone or whatever, and there was always a very reasonable excuse. Either, she was napping or she was already in bed. By the time I get home from work sometime in the evening and I would be able to speak to my daughter, it would be time for Caylee to be napping or going to bed.

King: So she finally comes home?

Anthony: Well, what happened was, to set the background right, she had told me that she had been in Jacksonville for the last week and a half. We had gotten a notice in the mail that we had a registered letter. We found the registered letter a few days before, but it was the weekend, so we had to go down and get it. When we got it, my husband found out it was from a tow truck or a towing company.

When we actually went down and found out that the car that she, you know, uses was not in Jacksonville. It was in Orlando and (when) we found out the date, that was a huge red flag.

I started calling her friends and I found one friend that had just seen her a few hours prior, and she took me to where Casey was at. When I got there, there was no Caylee so I started to feel like, "What's going on?" She had told me that she was at the sitter's, so we took her friend home. Her friend and her, and I drove around for a while. It was later in the evening, about 7, 7:30. That's typically when we start getting Caylee down for a nap and Casey's response was that Caylee was probably already getting ready for bed and didn't want to disrupt her.

But being the selfish grandma that I am, I wanted to see my granddaughter. So we drove around a bit, and I tried to convince her to take me to her. I just started getting an eerie feeling that something wasn't right in Casey's voice. I know my daughter pretty well.

King: Cindy, are you now saying you believe your daughter -- you want her to come out, and you believe that we're going to find Caylee?

Anthony: I believe we're going to find Caylee if the investigation goes the right way, if the media will not just take their own spins on things. I was in shock that first night and there's a lot of things -- the first phone call, there was no panic in my voice. The second phone call, a little frustrated. The third phone call, by the time my daughter had spoken to my son and actually said that Caylee had been kidnapped, I walked in on that conversation. So the police were going to be taking their time to get to the house, so I said whatever it was to get them out there, right then and there. Video Watch what the 911 caller said »

King: When she (Caylee) was gone for 31 days, didn't you think that was a little nuts?

Anthony: No, not really. I think what's nuts is for people to speculate on things that they don't know the whole truth.

King: So is it the suspicion that the baby sitter kidnapped her?

Anthony: That's not suspicion. That's what Casey has maintained all along.

King: Did you get a ransom note?

Anthony: No, it's not that type of kidnapping, sir. This person loves this girl and wants to have her as her own. That happens all the time. That happened not too long ago. In Orlando, Florida, someone stole the baby right out of a hospital.

King: So she's a runaway with this child?

Anthony: I believe so.

King: And you're saying the authorities are not looking for that baby sitter and the child?

Anthony: Well, let me tell you why I say that. It's because they told us there was one person in central Florida with that name. In fact, there's nine in central Florida. I just got a phone call on my way here that there's four in Fort Lauderdale and my daughter said that this girl had a Fort Lauderdale number and has connections in Fort Lauderdale and New York and New Jersey.


In every state, there's people by this name. They think she's smart enough to make up this person for the last two and a half years, but dumb enough to park a car where in plain sight that her mother would drive by twice a day and see and leave her purse in the front seat of the car and not drive it into some lake.

So, my daughter is not a murderer. My granddaughter is missing.

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