I don't recall Cindy testifying that the gate had a padlock on it. All I remember hearing was that it only "opened" from the inside. Wooden gates like theirs, usually have a hook and eye closure.<quoted text> NGrace the side gate did not lead to the garage or house ! Why would someone in a panic take the time to go get the keys to the padlock then open it. When all other entrances would not been locked ? The gate had a padlock on it! Casey was not at home when she killed Caylee she was in her car.
(The sheds had padlocks, though).
My point was, someone in the home would have gone out to the pool area from inside the house/screened porch area, and would have returned back into the house the same way.
But someone in a panic, and looking for help, would run out to the driveway area, using the quickest route and to me, that would be by using the side gate rather than going back through the screened porch and through the house and exiting via the front door or garage. Especially if carrying a child found in the pool.
The side gate being open was unusual, so unusual, Cindy reported it to co-workers. She also reported on the same day, she found the pool ladder up, something that shouldn't be up. What's significant about these 2 events is, Cindy told co-workers about it before Caylee was ever reported missing.
That visual screams that something happened involving the pool, imo.