The car became the center of controversy when prosecutors claimed in the highly publicized trial that there was evidence of human decomposition in the trunk of the vehicle, reported WPTV
had abandoned the car at an Orlando business, claiming it had run out of gas. It was later towed to a salvage yard where it sat in the Florida sun and heat for almost a month before being claimed by George and Cindy Anthony.
Police said the Anthony's claimed
there was a 'vile smell' coming from the trunk of the vehicle when they went to retrieve the towed Pontiac Sunfire from the wrecker yard, nearly a month after Caylee Anthony reportedly disappeared.
The prosecution presented expert witnesses who testified that the odor was that of human decomposition. Prosecutors claimed, in their failed attempt to convict Casey Anthony of murder, that she placed duct tape over the mouth and nose of her daughter Caylee to suffocate her, and then put the child's body in the trunk of the Pontiac where it began to decompose before she disposed of it in the wooded lot near the Anthony home.
Attorneys for Casey Anthony disputed that claim, calling the prosecutors' allegations 'junk science'.
George and Cindy Anthony took the car to the Florida auto salvage yard and had it crushed into a cube. News reports say the Anthony's agreed that only the battery, tires and fluids would be removed from the vehicle. The crushed Pontiac can be seen here
Anthony was acquitted of murder last month by a Florida jury and has been in hiding since. She was ordered by a Florida judge to return to the state
to serve her probation for a check fraud charge.
The Florida Department of Children and Families released a report
a week ago that found Anthony failed to protect Caylee from harm and was responsible for the death of the two-year-old.