George Anthony Threatens Suicide, Disappears (Found Alive in Volusia Co.)

Poor guy. Between Casey and Cindy, I'm not sure how he's held it
together for this long...

George Anthony Threatens Suicide, Disappears

Friday, January 23, 2009 – updated: 8:26 am EST January 23, 2009
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- George Anthony, father of Casey Anthony, was
reported missing, early Friday morning after threatening suicide. He
was later found at a Daytona Beach motel.

The Anthonys' attorney, Brad Conway, said George was okay. He was
taken into custody under Florida's Baker Act, which allows the state
to hold people involuntarily pending a psychiatric evaluation.

The lead investigator in the case and several Orange County sheriff's
deputies responded to the house of George and Cindy Anthony late
Thursday night. His family had grown increasingly concerned when
George missed a scheduled meeting Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff’s officials and Conway said George Anthony left his home early
Thursday morning and hadn't been seen since. Daytona Beach Police
Chief Mike Chitwood said George sent what were described as
"disturbing" text messages to family members.

"He had text-messaged family members that he wanted to end his life,"
Chitwood said (watch interview with Chitwood).

Conway said family members were "relieved" George had been found
(watch interview with Conway).

"George is okay, thank God," Conway said. "Had it not been for a
cooperative effort between Orange County and Volusia County, I don't
know what the outcome would have been. George is now safe."

George Anthony was found in Daytona Beach at the Hawaii Motel (see
map). Deputies used GPS and signals from George's cell phone to track
his car (watch raw video). Eyewitness News has learned a half-written
suicide note was found inside his car.

"When they arrived on the scene, George was talking to them and was
fine," said Conway. "We’re having him checked out to be sure."

George was taken to Halifax Medical Center for observation. He could
be held for up to 72 hours.

Chitwood, who took George to the hospital, described him as
"melancholy." Chitwood said no weapons and no medications indicating
suicide was imminent were found.

George's car was returned to the Anthony home just before 6:00am, but
George was not in it.

The Anthonys have been part of a drawn-out saga involving their
daughter, Casey, who is charged with the murder of her 2-year-old
daughter, Caylee. Caylee was first reported missing over the summer.
Her decomposing remains were found just a few blocks from the family
home in December.