Just 20 months after Angela Freeman went missing, two friends from work disappeared after leaving McAlister’s Deli in Hattiesburg. The next afternoon their truck and broken butcher knife were found at the Mahned Bridge. Four days later, three bodies were found in shallow graves nearby, catapulting this rural community and the Mahned Bridge into national news and putting the mystery of Angela’s disappearance back on the front page.
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After Angela Freeman’s car was discovered at the Mahned Bridge in remote Perry County, Mississippi, days passed before law enforcement started any kind of investigation. Those first crucial hours were wasted by a rural sheriff’s department that was untrained in proper investigation as well as determined in their belief that Angela was just a wayward runaway. Once outside agencies got involved, it became clear that Angela was the victim of foul play, but the mistakes made in the first hours could not be undone.
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Angela turned 17 in January and broke up with her longtime boyfriend, though she continued to carry a torch for her first love. She dropped out of school and started working at fast food restaurants in Hattiesburg, where she met and began dating a black man, which at the time in Mississippi, was still frowned upon by many, including her soon-to-be stepfather. She found out in May that she was pregnant. Angela also discovered who her biological father was—and one of her classmates was in fact her half-brother. Two weeks before Angela’s disappearance on September 10, her mother Debra married her stepfather. She was in the process of moving in with a co-worker the weekend she went missing. The co-worker found a note from Angela saying that she’d be back soon. Her car was discovered hours later at the Mahned Bridge in rural Perry County.
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