Two women’s bodies were found after seemingly falling from the side of a bridge.
Vanita Richardson, 19, and Trevena Clarece Campbell, 31, were discovered Wednesday morning in Rome, Georgia, USA.
The following afternoon, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) confirmed that they consider the deaths murder.
The women have been identified as sisters by local media and are said to have been found with bags over their heads.
GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brian Johnston told the Rome News Tribune that the women’s bodies “are apparently about the [Etowah] bridge.”
The Tribune also reported that shotguns were found near the women’s bodies, but the GBI has yet to confirm this.
Georgia Department of Transportation workers found the bodies while performing maintenance on the bridge.
It is not yet known how Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Campbell died, and the GBI is assisting the Rome police in the investigation.
It is also not yet known how long the women were at the bridge before they were discovered.
Ms. Richardson would graduate from Armuchee High School this Saturday in what would likely have been a virtual ceremony due to the state’s ongoing shutdown of the corona virus.
On Thursday, Floyd County Schools said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened and saddened by the news of the death of one of our students, Vanita Richardson, who is scheduled to graduate next Saturday.
“We express our deepest sympathy for the Armuchee community and its friends and family at this time.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Vanita will be remembered as a funny, humble and motivated student who made strong plans for her future.
Even during the closing of the school, Vanita’s death is felt by everyone. Especially the staff members whose lives she touched with her caring personality and big heart. “