The case of a missing Augusta teen was recently featured on a popular crime show.
The story of LaTania Janell Carwell aired last week on Crime Watch Daily, a national crime show, and local radio talk show host and community activist Angela Harden is hoping to continue awareness of the case and plans further initiatives into finding missing persons in the area. Carwell has been missing since April and her mother and stepfather have been arrested in the case.
“It’s all about awareness,” Harden said Wednesday. “It’s an interesting story and a great show and now people all over the world are responding.”
As part of the awareness initiative, Harden will be hosting a viewing Friday of the episode on Carwelll, which runs about 22 minutes, at 6 p.m. at the Henry H. Brigham Senior Services Center at 2463 Golden Camp Road in Augusta.
Following the viewing there will be an open floor discussion regarding the 16-year-old’s case and any others dealing with missing persons, Harden said.
Topics will include the significance of the first 48 hours after someone disappears, Harden said. A new initiative for an app focusing on missing persons in the area will also be introduced.
“We’re meeting with Sheriff Roundtree before we actually release the (app’s) name but it’s going to help the CSRA missing people,” she said. “It’s going to be an alert to help them.”
Attendees will also be invited to help with brainstorming for the placement of two more billboards which will feature Carwell and others missing in the area.
“Together we were able to put up three billboards,” Harden said. “So we’re asking them to come together once more and be able to encourage each other and show compassion to one another as we share our daughter. She belongs to the community and we want her home and we’re doing whatever we have to do to bring her home.”
Carwell’s mother, Tanya Tripp, had reported her husband and daughter missing from their home in the 3100 block of Tate Road on April 17, hours after he allegedly woke her and said he was taking the 16-year-old with him to go help a friend with car trouble. He was later arrested in Dekalb County (Ga.) on a charge of felony aggravated stalking.
While her mother insisted to law enforcement she had had no contact with either her husband or daughter, phone records revealed numerous calls between her and Tripp between April 17 and May 24. She was arrested on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a criminal after deputies found she had moved from Augusta to be with Tripp.
On June 11, Sheriff Richard Roundtree announced that the teen was believed to be dead based on a statement made by her stepfather. Leon Tripp, has since been charged with murder and the teen’s mother, who was granted a $500,000 bond in September, has also been charged with concealing the death of another.