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A missing wallet led gang members to abduct and murder two women whose bodies were found under a bridge with plastic bags tied over their heads.

Road crews found the bodies of Vanita Richardson, 19, and Truvenia "Bean" Campbell, 31, under a bridge in Rome, Georgia on May 13.

Nine people, including Desmond Brown, 28, and Devin Watts, 36, were arrested and charged in the case. Christopher Pullen and other gang members were also charged with two counts of felony murder each.

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Georgia authorities believe Brown (left) accused the two women of stealing his wallet, which led to the murders. Watts (center) and Pullen (right) are pictured in booking photos.

GBI Special Agent Ghee Wilson testified that Brown accused the women of stealing his wallet after he attended a birthday party. Brown, Watts, Pullen and fellow gang members then lured the women into a car and confronted them about the missing wallet after driving to Alabama, The Rome News-Tribune reported.

The women were killed on the way back to Rome, the News-Tribune reports.

According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Wilson testified that Brown ordered the women out of the car to search them at gunpoint. He shot Campbell multiple times when she resisted. Her younger sister, a high school student, tried to comply but was shot twice.

The men put their bodies in the trunk of Campbell's car and continued on to Rome, where they dumped the bodies over the bridge like trash.

Pullen, who was riding with Brown, told investigators that Brown's mother eventually called to say she found the wallet behind a TV in the living room.

He said Brown got erratic and pulled out of a drive-through line, cursing. "He said 'I just caught two bodies for nothing,'" Wilson testified.

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Two men were charged with double homicide a week after the bodies of Vanita Richardson and Truvenia "Bean" Campbell were found under a bridge in northwest Georgia.

Desmond Brown, 28, was taken into custody on Monday and charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest. His arrest was in connection with the investigation into the grisly murders.

Devin Watts, 36, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with counts of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Both suspects were charged with murder in the deaths of the stepsisters on Wednesday.
Richardson, 19, and Campbell, 31, were last seen alive on May 12.

A road crew discovered the bodies under the east bypass bridge in Rome, Georgia on May 13.

Authorities are still searching for Richardson's car, a gold 1997 Toyota Corolla with Georgia tag RTJ 6295.

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The stepsisters were always together -- inseparable. Truvenia Campbell had epilepsy since birth. Richardson kept a close eye on her.

"They were very, very close. Very, very close," said Campbell's mother, Donna Campbell. She pleaded with mourners to space themselves 6 feet apart at a vigil for the victims outside Campbell's home in Rome on Monday.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is still searching for the car 19-year-old Vanita Richardson and 31-year-old Truvenia Campbell were riding in hours before they were killed and thrown off a bridge in northwest Georgia.

The GBI is asking for the public's help to locate Richardson's 1997 gold Toyota Corolla with Georgia tag: RTJ 6295.

A road crew discovered the bodies early Wednesday, May 13, on the banks of the Etowah River under the east bypass bridge in Floyd County.

The woman had plastic bags over their heads and their clothes were torn. Investigators believe the killer misjudged the water's edge because it was still dark out when the bodies were dumped.

Police believe there are 2 killers. Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Brian Johnston says the GBI is working around the clock to develop and follow leads in the case.

Johnston told Channel 2 anchor Justin Wilfon that agents believe the two women knew their killer or killers and it wasn't a random act of violence.

Family and friends attended a vigil on Monday night. Richardson and Campbell were half sisters. They shared the same father and different mothers.

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The stepsisters were always together -- inseparable. Truvenia Campbell had epilepsy since birth. Richardson kept a close eye on her.

"They were very, very close. Very, very close," said Campbell's mother, Donna Campbell. She pleaded with mourners to space themselves 6 feet apart at the vigil outside Campbell's home in Rome.

The sisters were last seen on Tuesday night, May 12. Richardson left her home, presumably to go pick up Campbell for a night out.

The coronavirus restriction had been lifted by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, and residents were cautiously venturing outside after being cooped up inside their homes for 2 months.

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Richardson was set to graduate from high school on Saturday, May 23.

Before she left, Richardson's mother, Vanita Allen, called out to her. "She pulled out of the yard and I said, 'You better make it back in tonight.'"