The authorities discovered the bodies of two young girls in the Lauderhill Canal, just hours apart. It is not yet known if the two girls are related to each other.
Lauderhill Police found the bodies of two young girls in the same canal within hours of each other. The first body was reported on Tuesday and later that same night the second body was discovered.
The first corpse was found in the 5900 block of Northwest 21st Street of Lauderhill around 12:00 p.m. and the second girl's body was located in the 2200 block of NW 59th Way around 20:45 p.m.
Yellow crime scene tape. | Photo: Pexels
While the police haven't released the identity of the girls yet, they believe they have identified the first girl and are in the process of letting her family know.
The case was originally a missing person investigation but has now morphed into a homicide case. Lauderhill Police Lt. Mike Santiago expressed his worry about the incident saying:
“It is very alarming, you have a young child found in the water, it is very disturbing in the area and disturbing to the neighborhood."
While authorities are not forthcoming with details at this stage of their investigation, they did confirm that the girls are both between the age of 10 and 13 and are Black females.
Four people were rescued after they called for help and three bodies were found in the search that followed.
The first victim found in the canal was wearing blue jean shorts paired with a grey T-shirt that had "Dance" written in rainbow colors on the front. The second victim was dressed in a brown shirt with floral pajama pants.
NO TIME FRAME
Lt. Santiago shared that the authorities are unsure about the time frame surrounding the death of the two victims but they know that the bodies were in the canal for some time before they were found.
While it is unsure if the two deaths are related to one another, the community is worried about the safety of their children in the Lauderhill area. Katie Levance, who resides in the neighborhood, said:
“Somebody is going to come home today and their daughter is gone and that hits too close to home.”
NORTH CAROLINA RIVER
A similar tragedy occurred when a family went down the Dan River in tubes for a recreational float. The family went over a dam and their fun day on the water went south leading to four deaths and still one missing person.
Nine people set out for a fun day on the water last week Wednesday and they went over a dam that was 8 feet (2.5 meters) high next to a Duke Energy plant.
Four people were rescued after they called for help and three bodies were found in the search that followed. Crawford's body was located days later.