Sisters, ages 7 and 9, found dead in Florida canal
LAUDERHILL, Fla. - Two sisters were found dead in a Florida canal this week, and officials are still investigating how they died.
On Tuesday afternoon, a 911 call was made to Lauderhill police regarding a body floating in a canal near a neighborhood. Later that night, another call was made about a second body being found in the same canal just northwest of the first.
Authorities have identified the girls as sisters Destiny Hogan, 9, and Daysha Hogan, 7, during a press briefing on Wednesday according to ABC News.
Police said neither girl was reported missing and neither of their bodies showed signs of trauma.
"We are definitely treating it as if it was a criminal investigation," said Lauderhill Lt. Mike Bigwood, with police "looking at all possible angles."
The girls lived with their mother in the neighborhood close to the canal where they were found. Bigwood says the girls were last seen with their mother on Monday evening, making it unclear when the girls entered the canal.
The mother is a person of interest, although she hasn't been questioned yet, and police have not revealed her current location. Police are investigating reports the mother was recently offering baptisms in the canal where the girls were found.
"We're making a plea to the public, and specifically the community of central Lauderhill, to please, if you know the family, if you know the children, if you're familiar with the relationship, if you're familiar with any churches, organizations that the family may be part of, please call us," he said. "We desperately need to know what these relationships are and put some context to how this may have happened."
Anyone with information is urged to call Lauderhill police. The medical examiner's office has not released a cause of death for the girls at this time.
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