ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - An attorney for Casey Anthony would not confirm on Monday whether his client boarded a plane after her swift weekend exit from jail but said “elaborate plans” were required to keep her safe.
Anthony’s whereabouts have been a closely guarded secret since her release early Sunday after nearly three years in custody on charges connected to the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
A Florida jury acquitted Anthony, 25, on July 5 of killing Caylee but convicted her of lying to detectives during the search for the then-missing child. Caylee’s remains were found in December 2008 in woods near the Anthony family home.
Casey Anthony left the Orlando jail just after midnight on Sunday, escorted by attorney Jose Baez and guards wearing bullet-proof vests and carrying rifles.
She stepped into a waiting SUV and quickly eluded the helicopters, media and angry public gathered to witness her anticipated departure.
Her attorneys have been mum about where Anthony went.
“I will not confirm if she boarded a plane or flew on her own,” defense attorney Cheney Mason told NBC’s Today show on Monday.
“She’s gone, she’s safe and elaborate plans had to be made to keep the people away from her.”
Mason said life will be difficult for Anthony “as long as there are so many people of the lynch mob mentality and those willing to deny the fact that the jury found her not guilty (of murder).”
He said Anthony continues to deal with the loss of her child and must adjust psychologically to her newfound freedom.
“In Miss Anthony’s case, it’s going to be even more of an adjustment because she is coming out vilified virtually universally, not just in the Central Florida area but across the country, if not the world,” Anthony’s civil lawyer Charles Greene told the Central Florida News 13 channel.
Greene represents Anthony, who left jail with the $537.68 remaining in her inmate account, in several lawsuits.
A non-profit group seeks to recoup more than $100,000 spent on the search for Caylee, and a Florida woman has accused Anthony of defaming her by claiming a nanny of the same name kidnapped the toddler.
On Friday, a man named David Badali sued Anthony to recover the expenses he incurred as a diver who participated in the search for Caylee.
Attorneys for Anthony and her parents did not return calls from Reuters on Monday morning.
Additional reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Jerry Norton