Two men are charged in connection with double homicide of half-sisters who were thrown off a bridge in Georgia with plastic bags over their heads
Two men were arrested a week after bodies of Vanita ‘Vera’ Richardson, 19, and Truvenia ‘Bean’ Campbell, 31, were discovered beneath a bridge
Desmond Brown, 28, was charged on Monday with misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer
Devin Watts, 36, jailed on counts of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Scanner traffic indicated victims allegedly had plastic bags over their heads and there were spent shells casings nearby
Richardson was scheduled to graduate high school next week
Sisters Campbell and Richardson were last seen alive on May 12.
A work crew discovered their bodies beneath the East Rome Bypass bridge near the bank of the Etowah River the following morning. The women were found dead with bags over their heads.
Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Brian Johnston told WSB-TV last week that officials believe the sisters knew their killer or killers, and it was not a random act of violence.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a press release on Wednesday that the arrests of Brown and Watts were the result of search warrants executed on apartments and vehicles based on leads developed by investigators, and tips that were called into the agency.
‘This investigation remains active and ongoing,’ the statement announcing the arrests read.
Authorities are still searching for Richardson’s car, a 1997 gold Toyota Corolla with Georgia license plate RTJ6295.
It is believed that both Richar`dson and her older half-sister were in the car last Tuesday evening when they were last seen alive.
DailyMail.com on Wednesday reached out seeking information about a possible motive, but was referred back to its press release.
Last week, Richardson’s inconsolable mother, Vanita Allen, spoke to WSB-TV about her loss, describing her daughter as ‘an angel.’
‘My world is gone. That’s my only daughter,’ she said. ‘I can’t believe what they did to my baby. She wouldn’t hurt anyone.’
Allen said despite their age difference, her daughter and Campbell were close friends.
She last saw Richardson on Tuesday night before she went out, presumably with her half-sister.
‘She pulled out of the yard and I said, “You better make it back in tonight,”’ the mother recalled.
At a vigil for the sisters on Monday night in Rome, Truvenia Campbell’s mother, Donna Campbell, spoke of their close relationship, which she likened to that of twins, saying that her daughter had epilepsy and Richardson was protective of her, reported 11Alive.
Richardson, known to her loved ones by the nickname ‘Bug,’ was just days away from graduating high school. Her mother said she aspired to become a photographer.
Two maintenance workers came across the bodies at around 11am on May 13 while working in the area of the East Rome Bypass bridge and called 911, reportedly telling a dispatcher that the women had plastic bags over their heads and that their clothing was in tatters, reported WSB-TV.
Scanner traffic indicated that spent shell casings were found at the scene, but that has not been confirmed by the authorities.
Richardson attended Armuchee High School in Rome, The Rome News-Tribune reported.
Richardson was scheduled to graduate high school next weekend. The deaths of both women were ruled homicides
Floyd County Schools spokesperson Lenora Doss said Richardson was scheduled to graduate next weekend.
‘We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the news of the death of one of our students,’ Doss stated. ‘We extend our deepest sympathies to the Armuchee Community and her friends and family at this time.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Vanita will be remembered for being a fun-loving, humble, and motivated student who was making strong plans for her future.
‘Even throughout the school closures, Vanita’s passing is felt by all. In particular, the staff members whose lives she touched with her caring personality and big heart.’
GBI investigators are asking anyone who may have been in the area of the overpass between Tuesday at 10.30pm and Wednesday at 11am to contact them at 1800-597-8477.