2 SC Women Killed on Thanksgiving, Found in WoodsAuthorities in Georgia were looking Friday for a man who may know something about the Thanksgiving killing of two young women from South Carolina.
By: Associated Press,
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia were looking Friday for a man who may know something about the Thanksgiving killing of two young women from South Carolina.
The bodies of Angela Brooks and Nancy Cushman were found by a passer-by around 2:30 a.m. Thursday in a wooded area of Augusta. Authorities in Richmond County, on the state line with South Carolina, say the 19-year-old Brooks was from Warrenville, S.C., and Cushman was 17 or 18 and also from the area.
The women were last seen alive with an unidentified man around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
Cushman had a 1-year-old daughter and was expected to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, her grandmother told television station WRDW-TV in Augusta.
"She lived way over here (in South Carolina), I couldn't believe or figure out what she was doing way over there," Sarah Cushman said of her granddaughter.
She said she had no idea how this could have happened.
"See if she was one of them raising sand and stirring up trouble, you could expect it, but she didn't," Sarah Cushman said. "She was quiet, nice, sweet little girl."
Reached by telephone, a woman who identified herself as Sarah Cushman declined to speak to The Associated Press.
Authorities want to question 26-year-old Travis Lorenzo Berrian. They say he's not a suspect but they think he might have information about the deaths.
Shawn Johnson, a friend of the two young women, saw them a few hours before they died and couldn't believe they were gone.
"It was really kind of shocking ... at first I didn't believe it," he told Augusta television station WAGT-TV.
Johnson last saw the women in Cushman's car.
"You could see through the front of her Escalade," he said. "You could see the third person in the car. He was sitting behind Nancy. I don't know who it was."
Cushman's 1999 Cadillac Escalade was found about a mile and a half away from where the two were believed to have been shot.
Autopsies were expected to be conducted Friday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab. GBI spokesman John Bankhead said it would be up to local authorities to release the results. The sheriff's office said the women were shot but declined to say where or how many times.