Armuchee community mourning death of Vanita Richardson, GBI continues investigation

May 15, 2020–6:19 a.m.


Authorities have identified the two women whose bodies were discovered Wednesday off the bypass at the Etowah River Bridge.

Deputy Floyd County Coroner Connie Chandler has identified the women as 19-year old Vanita Richardson and 30-year old Clarice Truvenia Campbell, both of Rome.

A GBI Medical Examiner has completed an autopsy on both Richardson & Campbell.

The manner of death is homicide.

If you were traveling in that area and saw anything suspicious between Tuesday at 10:30 PM & Wednesday at 11 AM, investigators need your help.

Please contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) with any information pertinent to the investigation.

Vanita Richardson was a student at Armuchee High School and was scheduled to graduate next Saturday.

The Floyd County School System issued a statement Thursday which read:  “We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the news of the death of one of our students. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Armuchee Community and her friends and family at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Vanita will be remembered for being a fun-loving, humble, and motivated student who was making strong plans for her future.  Even throughout the school closures, Vanita’s passing is felt by all. In particular, the staff members whose lives she touched with her caring personality and big heart.  The Armuchee High social worker and counselor will be available for virtual grief and loss counseling sessions. Students who are interested should email them directly.”

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