Memorial held on 23rd anniversary of Petal teen's disappearance

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Family members of a Petal teenager who disappeared in 1993 gathered with law enforcement officers in Hattiesburg Friday morning to remember her and ask for the public's help in solving the case.

The family of Angela Freeman is hoping to find closure 23 years after she disappeared.

She was last seen at the Petal Pizza Hut on Sept. 10, 1993.

Her car was later found in Perry County.

During a memorial service at Kamper Park Friday, Debra Freeman, Angela's mother, released 23 white balloons, one for each year Angela has been missing.

She hopes someone will come forward with information about what happened to her daughter.

"This girl has been missing for 23 years, this is my daughter, she's got a family and we love her so much and we miss her," said Debra Freeman. "If you know anything that might solve this, come forth."

"By terms, it is a cold case, but it's a very active case and we work hard on it, we follow up leads constantly on that case," said Capt. Rusty Keyes, of the University of Southern Mississippi Police Department. The university's cold case unit is investigating the Freeman case. "We hope very soon that there is some resolution to Angela's death."

Metro Crimestoppers, the Perry County Sheriff's Department and the Petal Police Department also attended Friday's memorial service.