PETAL, MS (WDAM) - September 10th 1993 was the last time 17-year-old Angela Freeman was seen.
"She was last seen at the Pizza Hunt in Petal. She has not been seen or heard from since," said Captain Rusty Keys, of the Southern Miss Police Department and Cold Case Unit.
According to Keys, Freeman's car and the evidence in it, was discovered on the Mahned Bridge in Perry County 18 years ago. Now, 18 years later her disappearance is considered a cold case, but law enforcement is not giving up.
"Over the years this case has been investigated by the Perry County Sheriff's office , the Petal Police Department , Forrest County and Perry County District Attorney's Office," said Keys.
Keys says the years of combing through every clue has change the case to a homicide investigation, but that hasn't changed their determination to find out what happened to Freeman.
"It is a very active case. We are currently working on the case along with Sheriff Smith, Perry County Sheriff's Office, along with Ms. Burchell's office at the Forrest/Perry County District Attorney's Office. Any information that we can get from the public in assistance in this case is welcomed," said Keys.
And these billboards are Freemans' family's way of helping the case.
"We felt like the lord has laid it on our hearts, that we need to do this to get recognition again out there. Someone might know something and come forth," said Clydell Freeman, Angela's Grandmother.
Clydell says the family is having a benefit garage sale in order to raise money to pay for the billboard in Petal, which has Angela's picture and information of her disappearance. Clydell says she hopes to put up more just like them. She hopes these signs will bring Angela and her family peace.
"We are hoping that whoever is responsible, it will weigh on his or her heart and come forth. We just need some closure on this," said Clydell.
Freeman says the family hopes to put more billboards up on Highway 98, and they will pray for justice to prevail.