(DETROIT) — A grisly discovery made this weekend on the west side of Detroit could help solve the mysterious case of what happened to Abreeya Brown and Ashley Conaway, who were forced into the trunk of a car and abducted Feb. 28 by two armed men.
A shootout between Brown’s stepfather and the suspects ensued before the car sped away. Brown, 18, and Conaway, 21, were never seen again. But acting on a tip Sunday evening, police found what they hope will break open this case. “We have unearthed in a shallow grave, the remains of two females, on the surface fit the description of the two young ladies we were looking for,” said Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee.
Though no one has been formally charged in the disappearance of the women, Conaway’s ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Brandon Cain, has long been a suspect in their disappearance. When the two girls went missing, Conaway’s family told police that she had recently tried to break things off with Cain and that he even fired gunshots at her and Brown after that.
Cain and another man, 24-year-old Brian Lee, are already in police custody for shooting at the woman on Feb. 8. But even after Sunday’s discovery Police Chief Godbee says murder charges are still a long way off.
While this weekend’s discovery might bring answers to the two missing girl’s families, they still want justice to be served. “Life without parole with what they did here. They deserve it. They took these girls’ lives away from them forever,” Brown’s aunt, Jacquelyn Porter, told ABC News’ Detroit affiliate WXYZ.
Autopsies on the bodies are expected to be done Monday. In the meantime, police will continue to examine evidence found near the shallow grave.
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