A car and two bodies were found in a pond in Chaska, Minnesota, during a search for a pair of teen best friends who went missing early Saturday.
Bushra Abdi (pictured, right) and Zenyab Abdalla, both 19, left their workplaces early Saturday and later called 911 for help, CBS Minnesota reports. Both teens are Somali-Americans from Shakopee, Minnesota.
Both girls worked a night shift, but at different jobs, and would usually meet up for their meal break. One worked in Shakopee, the other in nearby Chaska. The pair were reportedly not only best friends but also cousins, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Police have not officially determined if the bodies found in the pond are in fact Abdi and Abdalla. The two bodies were found after a multi-hour search, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. One was found in the submerged car; the other body was found nearby.
Several hundred people gathered at the pond during the search, many of whom were from the local Somali-American community, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. A megaphone was used to announce the findings of the bodies, which were discovered one hour apart from another, to the crowd, Shakopee Valley News reports.
Police told Habsa Abdi, Bushra Abdi’s sister, that in the brief 911 call it sounds like one of the girls is saying “help me!” the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. Then, the phone went dead.
“I don’t think that they ran away, because that makes no sense whatsoever,” the sibling told the publication. “Knowing these girls at this hour ... they were returning back to their jobs.”
Police do not suspect foul play, according to WCCO in Minneapolis.
[Photo: Shakopee Police Department]
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