Georgia authorities have identified the bodies of two women found dead under the Etowah Bridge in Rome on Wednesday.
Vanita Nicole Richardson, 19, and Truvenia Campbell, 31, were “apparently dropped over the bridge” before their remains were discovered by Georgia Department of Transportation crews working near Grizzard Park, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brian Johnston told the Rome News-Tribune.
Floyd County Chief Deputy Coroner Connie Chandler confirmed the women’s identities Thursday. A family friend confirmed to Atlanta station 11Alive News that the two were step-sisters.
An autopsy determined Richard and Campbell’s manner of death was a homicide, according to a GBI press release.
The crews first called about the remains around 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rome News Tribune reported. Workers who found the sisters’ bodies told 911 their heads were covered with bags and that “their clothing was tattered,” according to local station WJCL.
Early reports also claimed that spent shotgun shells were found nearby, though the GBI has yet to confirm that detail, the Rome News-Tribune reported.
“If you were traveling in that area and saw anything suspicious between Tuesday @ 10:30 PM & Wednesday @ 11 AM, investigators need your help,” the agency said.
Richardson, a senior at Armuchee High School, was set to graduate next Saturday, according to Floyd County Schools officials.
In a statement shared on Facebook, the school district said it was “deeply saddened and heartbroken” by news of the teen’s death.
“Even throughout the school closures, Vanita’s passing is felt by all,” the statement read. “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.”
The investigation into Richardson and Campbell’s deaths remains ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).