I can't hardly believe that Caylee was in the heat of the trunk for very long. It doesn't take a body that long to start smelling ripe. I found one of my residents dead one Monday morning after the weekend. He had committed suicide (pills) around 3-4 pm on Saturday afternoon. His apartment wasn't hot but it wasn't cool either. By Monday morning, when I walked through the door of the building, the stench was unbearable. I went to go looking for the source and thought the residents had a wild weekend with trash or something (we had trash chutes-- it was an elderly/handicapped security entrance apartment complex). I had never smelled a dead body before and had no idea what I was smelling. Ugh. Now I will never forget! So, from 3-4 pm Saturday to Monday morning, 8 am (40 hours) that stench evolved in a non-hot apartment.
The next dead body I found, she hadn't been dead for long, maybe 1/2 - 3/4 day. And her apartment was about the same temperature as the other resident's apartment-- probably a bit warmer as she always complained about being cold. She hadn't started to smell one bit.
And then the other resident I found almost dead... stunk to the high heavens. I about vomited upon entering her apartment.