Three young sisters were found dead after vanishing from their Texas home while being babysat by a family friend.
Zi’Ariel Robinson Oliver, 9, A’Miyah Hughes, 8, and Te’Mari Robinson Oliver, 5, were reported missing from their small town residence on Friday night.
A dive team pulled their bodies from a private pond on a neighbouring property early on Saturday morning. Their cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Their mother took to Facebook saying the loss of her sweet babies is so unreal.
Although this is a hard time, the grieving mom said she has to be strong for the sake of her three other babies.
Zi’Ariel, A’Miyah and Temari went missing from their Atlanta, about 200 miles east of Fort Worth, home around 10pm on Friday, prompting a multi-agency search for the girls.
A family friend had been watching the trio and their other siblings while their mother, Shommaonique Oliver, 28, was at work. The babysitter called 911 to report their disappearance.
Officials received reports that the girls were found in a pond near Highway 77 around 2am Saturday.
Police centered their search around the pond after a pair of shoes and other items of clothing were found scattered near and in the water.
“We located items of clothing around a pond and in a pond,” Texas Game Warden Shawn Hervey told KSLA Saturday.
“So, we centered the search around that small body of water, and with the use of divers we were able to recover three victims at approximately 2am.”
Video from the scene showed a bicycle abandoned on the property, seemingly close to the pond. It is unclear if the bike belonged to the girls and if they rode it to the property.
“We have no idea what the girls were doing there,” Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe told the Texarkana Gazette.
Investigators have not reached any conclusions about their deaths and the bodies have been sent for autopsies.
“Nobody has been accused of anything,” Rowe said.
Harvey echoed: “This is not an everyday occurrence, but it does happen.”