23rd anniversary, Angela Freeman's case
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Friday marks the 23rd anniversary of the disappearance of Petal teen, Angela Freeman.
Angela was last seen at Peta’s Pizza Hut around 1 a.m.
Five hours later, her car was found abandoned at the Old Manhed Bridge over the Leaf River in Perry County. Angela’s blood was found on her windows and on the ground near the car.
Angela's family and local law enforcement officials celebrated her life today and are hoping for justice.
Perry County Sheriff, Mitch Nobles said, "It's very important I know for sure to bring closure to them. Coming into this office, that was one of my priorities that I wanted to try and help in any way I can, to help bring closure to this family."
Each year, Angela's mother, Debra Freeman comes to Kamper Park and Zoo to celebrate her daughter's life by walking the memorial path, looking at the memorial park bench, and releasing balloons with Angela's name on them.
"I was talking to my baby up there, talking to my daughter, and prayed that she heard me," said Freeman.
Officials said this is technically a cold case, but they continue to explore leads.
Rusty Keyes, University of Southern Mississippi Police Captain said, "We hope very soon that there is some resolution to Angela's death, and we know it's a homicide investigation. That's how we're proceeding with it and hopefully prosecute it as that one day."
"It's a blessing that she hadn't been forgotten, because that's what bothers you the most is when it's been this long. People sweep things under the rug, and you don't forget. But, all these officers are here today and that shows me something," said Freeman.
As police continue to investigate, Angela's mother continues to hope someone will provide the answers she needs.
"They need to come forth with what she got. This girl has been missing for 23 years. This is my daughter. She's got a family. And we love her so much and we miss her. And if you know anything that might can solve this, come forth. I even got a reward of $12,000. Just do it for your heart. If you know anything that might help this, please come forward please," said Freeman.
If you know of any helpful information to help solve Angela's case, you can contact Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.