LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for answers after the bodies of two girls were found in a Lauderhill canal.
Lauderhill Police returned to the scene the day after the bodies were discovered in a canal along the 5900 block of Northwest 21st Street on Tuesday.
Officers knocked on doors in the neighborhood, looking for information to help identify the girls and figure out how they ended up in the body of water.
Kids play together in the community, and everybody knows everybody, and of course, people are talking.
“There was a lady down here; I saw a lady in the water. You follow me, I can show you,” said Cheryl Robinson.
Some say a neighbor was in the water with the two girls.
Police have also heard that theory, but they’re still asking lots of questions.
“The rumor is, there was a lady in the canal that was trying to get the kids to get baptized and trying to, you know, lure them down to the lake with her, and now mysteriously we got two kids dead,” said a neighbor.
“When it comes to a child, no one should sleep until we find out what happened,” said Loanna Jones, who lives in the area.
On Tuesday afternoon, the first little girl was found floating face-down.
“I got near it, and I said, ‘It’s a little girl,'” said Lawana Johnson, who found the body. “No shoes, just a blouse and some shorts. It shocked me, I froze. Then I started to cry.”
Hours later, a second body was found, also another young girl somewhere between 10 and 12 years old.
Neighbor Derika Brown was seen adding items to the memorial on Wednesday.
“It’s crazy,” she said, “and it’s like nobody knows what’s going on. None of the parents, like, nobody is coming forward. Nobody’s child is missing, no missing reports. Like, what’s going on?”
Neighbors started a memorial near the canal, hoping to find some answers.
“I just hope they can find answers quickly because a lot of parents, we are worried and scared because we don’t know if this is a random thing or if it’s something that can happen again,” said Jones. “I’m just scared for the kids.”
Neighbors are grieving for the girls and hope detectives will have an update soon.
Police said they have not heard from either girls’ parents.
If you have any information on this case, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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