A pregnant Mississippi 17-year-old's day was going like any other. She worked before she went to see her boyfriend after he got off his shift at Pizza Hut. How the day ended remains a mystery.
On Sept. 10, 1993, Angela Freeman went missing in Petal. Now, more than three decades later, she's still not been heard from.
“We do know she left Pizza Hut in her vehicle, but she never showed back up to her apartment,” Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles told WJTV in 2021.
Freeman's vehicle was found about 20 miles away from the Pizza Hut at the Mahned Bridge, according to authorities. “I don’t want to give out the details of the case, but we know something transpired from there to the Mahned Bridge where her vehicle was found,” Nobles told the station.
“We do know initially when they found the vehicle, there was a puddle that they found that turned out to be transmission fluid, and then there was also blood that was found underneath the vehicle, right there close to the tail light, and they found blood inside the tail light," Nobles added.
According to the Hattiesburg American, Freeman told her mother that she was planning to stay at a friend's house after work on that fateful Thursday night. "Mama, I love you. I'll see you Friday," Debra Freeman told the outlet in 2018 of her daughter's words.
Debra Freeman really began to worry when her daughter didn't show up for work Saturday.
"The last thing on your mind is thinking that your daughter is dead or somewhere," Debra Freeman told the Hattiesburg American said. "Everything is going through your head."
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Debra Freeman and her ex-husband, Bill Stewart, looked over their daughter's car and found what appeared to be blood, according to the Hattiesburg American.
"They found some stains on the car they thought were suspicious," Southern Miss Police Assistant Chief Rusty Keyes, who oversees the Pine Belt's cold case unit, told the outlet.
"The unit has been fortunate over the years to clear a few cases," he said. "Of course, this is one I want to clear just as well as all of them."
The substance was confirmed to be blood after a lab test. Debra Freeman told the Hattiesburg American that divers and cadaver dogs searched the area where her car was found, but all that turned up were the teenager's shoes. One shoe was near her car, and the other was located on a nearby private road.
"It's like you were dragging somebody and you were in a hurry to get out of there," Debra Freeman told the newspaper.
The Hattiesburg American noted that the father of Angela Freeman's child has not been revealed, and authorities have not said whether or not he's a person of interest in the case.
Even though nearly 30 years have passed, authorities are still hopeful they can solve what happened and who was responsible.
"We continue to work on the case and we hope in the near future to have enough information to submit a case to the District Attorney’s office," Keyes told the Hattiesburg American. "This case is an active case. I believe it's a very solvable case."
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