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Group seeks to recover expenses in search for Casey Anthony's daughter

By Ed Payne, CNN
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Searches for Caylee Anthony were made by Texas EquuSearch
  • The group says it spent over $112,000 in an unecessary attempt to find the girl
  • It is suing Casey Anthony for $115,000, plus attorneys' fees and interest
  • Caylee's remains weren't found until December 2008, six months after she was last seen

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(CNN) -- A search and rescue group filed a civil suit against Casey Anthony on Tuesday to recover the money the organization spent in an attempt to find her daughter Caylee during the summer and fall of 2008.

The suit by Texas EquuSearch (TES) alleges the search organization spent over $112,000 and coordinated more than 4,200 volunteers in an unnecessary attempt to locate Caylee for months after her mother knew the two-year-old girl was dead.

"Casey Anthony made ongoing misrepresentations to TES and its founder Tim Miller, and failed to correct materially false information provided to Mr. Miller in order to convince TES, its staff and volunteers to engage in extensive, costly and time-consuming searches for Caylee," the lawsuit says.

During the trial, Casey Anthony's lawyers argued that Caylee accidentally drowned in the Anthony family's above-ground pool, and that Casey Anthony and her father, George Anthony, panicked and covered up the death -- something George Anthony denied on the witness stand.

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The case drew national attention in part because Casey Anthony failed to report Caylee missing for a month, during which she moved out of her parent's home, partied in Orlando nightclubs and shopped. When confronted, she accused a nonexistent nanny of taking the girl.

Caylee's skeletal remains weren't found until December 2008, six months after she was last seen alive.

The suit asks for compensatory damages of $115,000, plus interest and attorneys' fees.

Casey Anthony, 25, is set to be released Sunday after receiving credit for time served on a four-year sentence. She was convicted of lying to police during the investigation into Caylee's disappearance. She was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in her death.

CNN's Mayra Cuevas contributed to this report

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