The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) confirmed Thursday that it will be treating the deaths of two Floyd County women as homicides.
According to Floyd County Chief Deputy Coroner Connie Chandler, the bodies of Vanita Nicole “Vera” Richardson, 19, and Truvenia Clarece “Bean” Campbell, 31, were found underneath the East Rome Bypass bridge near the bank of the Etowah River Wednesday morning. The circumstances surrounding their deaths are still under investigation.
Chandler confirmed the identity of the two women, who were sisters and said the bodies were taken to the state crime lab Thursday morning.
GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brian Johnston said Wednesday the bodies were apparently dropped over the bridge near the south bank of the Etowah River, just south of Grizzard Park.
He said a pair of Georgia Department of Transportation workers initially found the bodies while at the site to perform routine maintenance on the bridge.
Local law enforcement and the GBI spent nearly four hours at the scene Wednesday with assistance from several emergency agencies. Rome-Floyd Fire Department personnel were called in to help recover the bodies by pulling them up to the bridge.
The GBI, who is assisting with the investigation after a request by Rome police, is asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious while traveling through the area of the bridge between 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday to contact them at 1-800-597-TIPS.