CHASKA, Minn. - Two bodies pulled from a murky pond here Sunday evening, Oct. 14, have been confirmed by friends and family members to be the two missing 19-year-old cousins who went missing early Saturday morning while on a break from work.
Bushra Abdi and Zeynab “Hapsa” Abdalla, both of Shakopee, went missing around 3 a.m. Saturday, Habsa Abdi, Bushra’s sister, told the Star Tribune. Abdalla, who goes by Hapsa, was driving from her workplace at Amazon to a Chaska nursing home where Bushra worked, according to Habsa Abdi.
At 2:47 a.m., Abdalla called Bushra to tell her she was outside the nursing home waiting for her. Minutes later, Bushra’s phone turned off, Habsa Abdi told the Star Tribune. Habsa Abdi said she believes the two cousins were on their way to a gas station to buy snacks when something happened to them along the way.
Since their sudden disappearance, a frantic search had been underway to find the two teenagers. That search came to a devastating end Sunday night when searchers discovered tire tracks leading from a nearby highway into the pond.
After several hours of searching the pond, officials used a loudspeaker to tell the crowd of several hundred people, most of which were from the Somali-American community, that a body had been found in the submerged vehicle. Moments later, officials announced that a second body was found in the water nearby.
Chaska police confirmed the identities of the two women in a statement Monday afternoon.
The Anoka County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday ruled both deaths as drownings.
“We are leaving no stone unturned,” Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight said. “It appears to be an accident, but we will know that with certainty in the coming days.”