The Tears of a Mother’s Heart
“There is no greater burden or torture in this life than for
a mother to live without one or more of her children.”
—A Bed for My Heart
In this blog entry, I’m going to talk about something very near and dear to my heart. I’ll talk about the unsolved mystery of a classmate of mine named Angela Freeman. At Petal High School in the small town of Petal, Mississippi most of us had grown up with each other and Angela was no different. I had always known her and had been in several classes together. Me being busy playing two sports and trying to maintain my drug addiction and eating disorders seemed to alienate me somewhat emotionally from a lot of my high school days. However, my humor and fun loving personality was typically my norm. But the disappearance of Angela was anything but normal.
Just 3 years earlier I had undergone some of the worst abuse at the hands of a teacher. Our class also lost another member at the age of 13 to suicide. Still seriously affected by some of these traumas I was left no room for recovery because sports took up all my time. That busy daily schedule might have been the one thing that saved my life as a lost teenager. I didn’t have answers for how to deal with this and neither did anyone else. By our senior year our graduating class had been pummeled by tragedies. But the disappearance of Angela seemed to rock everyone to their core.
On September 10, 1993 when everyone was doing after school activities and at home with their families Angela was fighting for her life, the life of her unborn child and would have spent her last days at Petal High School. She was last seen at the local Pizza Hut and her vehicle was found in a remote area of Perry County by a well known bridge in the Mahned community known as the Mahned Bridge. I thought about the parties that had been there many years prior and chills ran up and down my entire body. Because that day could’ve been anyone of us teens from any of the surrounding communities and cities.
Current condition of the Mahned Bridge is impassable
Evidence of no closure
The local news channels were covered with pictures and the latest information about the case. There were also many different fund raising events. Soon, though, the hoopla would die down and many years later Angela’s case would become a cold case and would be featured on the television series Unsolved Mysteries. Her case could also be seen on different news channels and those I won’t even begin to mention as I don’t want to leave any out. But the fact of the matter is that 25 years later Angela still has not been found.
As of 2017 the following was released by a FOX 25 News Channel….
“Perry County authorities say Angela was last seen at the Pizza Hut in Petal on September 10th, 1993. Witnesses say she was arguing with her former boyfriend in the parking lot around 1 a.m. That same morning, only hours later, Angela’s 1984 Honda Accord Hatchback was found abandoned at the old bridge over Leaf River. Angela’s mother Debra spotted a puddle of liquid beside the car. Police told her it was transmission fluid. They assumed the teen was just another runaway. But when Monday passed and Angela didn’t show up for work, Debra called her local TV station. It was then that authorities began to believe the clues were leading them to something much more sinister than originally expected. “Forrest County dogs were down at the bridge and people were starting to look for her and that puddle that was so fresh on Friday that everybody had parked in overnight, the dogs went straight to it.”
“That puddle would turn out to be Angela’s blood and the search intensified. K9 units were able to sniff out Angela’s keds, one in the tall weeds near her car and the other beyond a locked gate on private property. After multiple searches through Leaf River, Angela’s body never turned up, leaving an entire family without closure. Her grandmother said, “My late husband, which was her paw-paw, she loved him to death. He passed away in ’96 and he never knew what happened and at my age, I would just like to find out before my time.”
—FOX News 25
And 25 years later I’m now a parent and I cannot begin to comprehend what it’s like to lose a child in that manner with or without closure. Heck, I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a child that’s already been born. The fact that her parents have found the strength to get up each morning since her disappearance just to put one painful foot in front of another shows their personal strength and level of love that they had and still have for their daughter Angela.
The answers to Angela’s disappearance have never come to light. But the painful memories of her disappearance still burns in the minds of those who loved and cared about her. I can tell you that 25 years later that the trauma of her disappearance has remained alive and well in my psyche. And anytime I see a reminder of this horrible tragedy I get the same sick feeling as when it first happened. Whoever committed this crime has not only effected a family but they also have effected an entire community. And truthfully, it has made me draw my own children in closer and my defenses as a parent have become detrimental in ways because of my own fear of some sick individual trying to get their hands on my babies.
I send out a plea even now that cries for the life or remains of Angela so that her family and friends may have some form of closure. My heart cries for her mother, as a mother myself that has cried for her children in ways they also didn’t know. Angela would now be 42 years old. If you have any information regarding this case please contact Crime Stoppers as soon as possible.
“Before you tell a grieving parent to be grateful for the children they have, think about which one of yours you can do without.”
Here are some links that cover her disappearance and subsequent investigation. Copy and paste the links in your browser.