Destiny and Daysha Hogan were last seen less than a day before their bodies were found in a Lauderhill canal in Florida. At a news conference Wednesday evening, Lauderhill Police identified their mother, Tinessa Hogan, as a person of interest.
The neighbors confirmed seeing the mother carrying a Bible and asking people if they wanted to be baptized.
Miami Herald reported that one of the neighbors, Marie Williams, witnessed Hogan swimming in the same canal on Monday and asked her if she could baptize her children. Marie politely declined and escorted her children indoors.
“I was more concerned for her,” she said. “I should have been more cautious.”
This conversation occurred between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m. Destiny, 9, and Daysha, 7, were last seen alive at 5 p.m. that day, according to Lauderhill Police Lt. Mike Bigwood.
On Tuesday afternoon, at least two 911 calls were received reporting a suspected body in the canal in the 2200 block of Northwest 59th Way.
“I need you guys to come… to see if there is a little girl’s body in the water,” one caller told dispatch. “I can’t tell if it’s a mannequin head, I mean a mannequin body or a body that’s been in the water for some days.”
Officers arrived and discovered Destiny’s body in the canal. Daysha’s body was found around nine hours later.
A neighbor shared a video of Daysha’s body with the Miami Herald. She was wearing a gray shirt with three cartoon-style Black ladies. Her hands and feet were pale white, and her face was covered in a white material.
Bigwood stated that Hogan is not in custody, but she has been contacted.
According to Bigwood, the matter is being investigated as a suspicious death and as a criminal investigation, as is customary in such cases. Additionally, he stated that the community as a whole is not at risk.
It remains unknown how long the girls’ remains had been in the canal or what caused their deaths.