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Girls found dead in Lauderhill canal were sisters; mother is person of interest

Authorities release 911 calls after 2 young girls found in Lauderhill canal
Authorities release 911 calls after 2 young girls found in Lauderhill canal

LAUDERHILL, Fla. – On Wednesday afternoon, Lt. Mike Bigwood announced the two girls who were found dead on Tuesday in a Lauderhill canal were sisters 9-year-old Destiny and 7-year-old Daysha.

Bigwood said the girls’ mother is Tinessa Hogan, 36, and she was last seen with the girls about 5 p.m. on Monday. The girls’ mother was a person of interest, hasn’t been questioned, arrested, or charged, Bigwood said.

Police said the girls were never reported missing by their mother, or any other relatives.

“They are from the specific area where they were located,” Bigwood said about where the girls and the mother lived together.

Detectives have classified the case as “two suspicious deaths.” Bigwood said the girls’ father, Darren Hogan, 42, had been estranged from the family for years. He also said relatives live outside of Broward County.

“Please if you know the family, if you know the children, if you are familiar with the relationship, if you are familiar with any churches or organizations that the family may be a part of, please call us,” Bigwood said. “We desperately need to know what these relationships are.”

Bigwood said detectives are aware of neighbors’ reports that there was a woman swimming in the canal who was holding a Bible and asking people if they wanted to be baptized. Lauderhill Police Chief Constance Stanley said the community is not in danger.

Officers first found the body of 9-year-old Destiny on Tuesday in a canal in Lauderhill. (SKY 10)

Destiny was wearing a gray shirt with a “Dream” sign in colorful letters and shorts when officers recovered her body at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday from a canal near the intersection of Northwest 21st Street and 56th Avenue.

Daysha was wearing a tan T-shirt and pajama bottoms with flowers when police divers recovered her body about 8:34 p.m., on Tuesday about half a mile away from the same canal.

Officers found a 7-year-old girl after finding her 9-year-old sister dead on Tuesday in a canal in Lauderhill.

Derika Brown, Shakima Birch and Michelle Golden were among the people who visited the canal on Wednesday. Brown dropped off two balloons. Birch and Golden, who both live nearby, were there to pray for the girls.

“The way how the little girl looked yesterday with all the scratches on her and ... her fists bawled up,” Birch said. “It just made me cry and I’m like, ‘Was she trying to grab onto something?’ or ‘Was she fighting for her life?’”

On Wednesday, authorities released 911 calls connected to the incident.

Detectives were in the neighborhood in the morning asking neighbors for clues. The Medical Examiner’s Office had yet to release a cause of death on Wednesday afternoon.

Bigwood was asking anyone with information about the girls’ family dynamics to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

News conference

Lauderhill Lt. Mike Bigwood identifies girls found dead as sisters
Lauderhill Lt. Mike Bigwood identifies girls found dead as sisters

Afternoon reports

3 p.m.

Detectives work on identifying 2 girls found dead in Lauderhill canal
Detectives work on identifying 2 girls found dead in Lauderhill canal

4 p.m.

Lauderhill residents frightened after 2 girls turn up dead in canal
Lauderhill residents frightened after 2 girls turn up dead in canal

About the Authors:

Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.

Roy Ramos joined the Local 10 News team in 2018. Roy is a South Florida native who grew up in Florida City. He attended Christopher Columbus High School, Homestead Senior High School and graduated from St. Thomas University.