Tragedy struck two Tampa, Florida families when their teenaged daughters were found dead, tied together on the side of a road.
Angelia Mangum, 19 and Tjhisha Ball, 18, were found around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning in Jacksonville, Florida. A witness told WJAX, a Jacksonville radio station, that the two teens were bound with zip ties, lying on top of one another.
A witness drove by, saw the bodies and called 911.
According to ABC Action News, investigators suspect foul play and are trying to determine the causes of death.
Sergeant T.K. Waters told a news station, that they were in an area where they would have been noticed easily, so he believes they had been left there very recently.
A medical examiner has taken the bodies for further investigation.
Ball’s family, who still lives in Tampa, spoke with ABC Action News last night about their relative and the girl found with her, Ball’s best friend. They described the two as inseparable.
“I just don’t understand what happened,” Ball’s sister Crystal Moore said.
Moore said that both Ball and Mangum, had been living in the Jacksonville area, off and on, for approximately a year and a half. The family said both women had been working as exotic dancers.
When the news crew spoke to Ball’s mother, she too seemed confused about what happened and started questioning herself.
“I feel like sometimes that I failed. What could I have done? What could I have taught her better? It hurts…it really hurts.”
Their grief is exacerbated by the fact that they don’t know what happened and, as of yet, no one has been caught.
Ball’s aunt, Permella Hargrove, pleaded through the news cameras, shedding tears as she asked for information.
“I just plead with you, whoever done this, please just turn yourself in. Anyone that knows anything about these murders would you please, please help our families to get some justice and some peace.”
If anyone has any information about this double murder, you can contact the Jacksonville Sherriff’s office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org . To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward of up to $3,000 you can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.