The last time anyone heard from Laneshia Crowder was on Aug. 12, 2000, after she talked to friends until midnight from her Carrollton, Georgia, home.
Two days earlier, on a lovely summer Saturday night, the 21-year-old mother of two arrived home. She put the kids to bed and made a few calls. No one had heard from the family after that.
One of Laneshia’s friends called a neighbor to check on the welfare of the family. She lived in a nice and tight-knit neighborhood, where everybody knew each other. They looked in the house and discovered her body.
Police responded to a 911 call at 270 Henson Circle. Then 2-year-old Lyric Crowder was unharmed, next to her mother’s deceased body, putting a band-aid on her. Her 7-year-old brother, Kenneth Crowder, had also been found in an adjacent room severely beaten and clinging to life. Kenneth was immediately airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
Laneshia’s death and assault of her son had shocked the community
Kenneth, now 27, remembered he could tell and knew something was wrong. He had told his sister to hide before the perpetrators gained access into the home and started beating him and his mother.
“It probably was a shock to the perpetrator that he did survive those injuries, but it also tells me that panic probably set in for this person. Maybe they didn’t realize there was a child of his age in the house,” Investigator Ashley Hulsey of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said, according to 11Alive.
Twenty-one years later, police still do not have a motive for the killing. Investigators ruled out the possibility of a robbery since nothing was stolen from the house. They believe the homicide was not planned but had been a spur-of-the-moment crime.
"We don't believe it was a robbery. As far as the doors and all – there was not damages done to the doors or windows, we don't think that anyone actually broke into the home to do it," Carroll County Chief Deputy Brad Robinson said, according to The Desert Sun.
Laneshia’s mother, Doris, had taken custody of the children. Over the years, she deduced her daughter’s killer is a resident of Carrollton. Her conclusion was due to some mysterious comments made to her and strangers approaching the children with remarks about their mother’s death.
Kenneth remained scarred and had suffered from head trauma into adulthood.
No person of interest nor an arrest had been made to date.
If anyone has information regarding the homicide, please contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 830-5888.