But why had Casey waited so long to report her daughter missing to the police? She told the 911 dispatcher, “I’ve been looking for her and just gone through other resources to find her, which was stupid.” But it quickly transpired that Casey was lying – and not just about how Caylee had disappeared.
Indeed, detectives soon ascertained that Caylee’s nanny, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez – a woman Casey affectionately called “Zanny” – was a figment of Casey’s imagination. Or at least in part. In fact, a woman called Fernandez-Gonzalez did exist, but she had never met, spoken to or had any contact with Casey, Caylee or anyone else in her family.
The next big lie concerned Casey’s supposed employment at the Universal Orlando resort. She actually led detectives around the theme park – before admitting that she didn’t work there. However, perhaps her most disturbing lie concerned a phone call which she claimed to have had with Caylee on the very day that the little girl was reported missing.