Travis Alexander's roommates did not smell his 180 pound body that was decomposing in their apartment for five days UNTIL they opened the door to his bedroom.
Caylee's 35 pound body was decomposing in the trunk for 2-3 days before casey three her in the swamp.
This is a Topix post that I read before I started posting. Deja vu all over again.
When she got the car back from Amscot, she'd be parking in the Sutton Place apartment complex, where a lot of people would be milling around the car, so your argument that she would have been in a panic to retrieve the car from Amscot if there had been an odor doesn't make any sense to me.
On June 23, when Tony was near her car after she got the gas cans from the residence, the trunk was closed, the windows were closed, he wasn't near the trunk, and he was holding the gas cans, so of course, he didn't smell anything except gasoline.
On June 24, when George made to go to the trunk, Casey buzzed ahead of him, grabbed the gas cans and practically threw them at George, so George wouldn't have smelled anything except gasoline.
Catherine Sanchez at Amscot said she walked over to the car to peer into the front seat, and didn't smell any unusual odor coming from the car, but the car windows were up, the trunk was closed, and the car was parked next to the dumpster.
Gary Ridgeway told OCSO that he had a cold on June 30 when he towed Casey's car, so he couldn't smell anything.
When George and Simon Burch went out to the tow lot together, after the car had been baking in the sun for 15 days, George said he picked up an odor when he got close to the car (which is what Burch also said), but Burch said when the door was opened, the odor was so overpowering that it knocked him back.
The inside of that car smelled foul before the odor was notice by anyone standing outside the car would notice it, but Casey did know the smell was getting worse, not better, which is why she came up with the dead animal alibi.
And she told her brother on July 15 that the odor had started on June 5 and steadily got worse over time.
No official that I am aware of ever said the duct tape was "wrapped around the skull."
If you read the autopsy reports, three overlapping pieces of duct tape (about 7.5-8.5 inches in length) were over the lower front part of the skull and both ends of the tape were caught in Caylee's hair on either side of the skull. The attachment of the ends of the duct tape to the hair is what kept the tape in place over the lower anterior portion of the skull.
Multiple pictures of the skull with the duct tape still attached were taken at the crime scene (from many angles) before the skull was moved, and multiple pictures of the skull with the duct tape still attached were taken at the ME's office.
After examining and photographing the skull with the duct tape still attached, the ME cut the hair to release the duct tape. The ME knew the FBI would be taking photos of just the duct tape next to a ruler to measure the total width (since the pieces were overlapping), so she didn't measure the pieces or take photos of just the duct tape (after it was removed from the skull) lined up with a ruler before sending those three pieces to the FBI. It's those "scaled" photos - photos of the tape next to a ruler - that the ME doesn't have.
Also, there were additional sections of duct tape found at the crime scene, but those are not the pieces that were definitely attached to the skull and that covered the lower half of the front of the skull.