An Alabama family is mourning the loss of their daughter after what was intended to be a fun and adventurous family camping trip in Georgia.
24-year-old Maranda Whitten seemingly vanished from the campgrounds of Point Lake on August 18, leaving her family utterly distressed and fearing for the worst. Authorities rushed to the scene to try and locate Whitten.
After a rigorous three-day search, they found Whitten. Unfortunately, the circumstances were more horrific than they imagined.
The Troup County Sheriff’s Department received a phone call around 9 a.m. on August 20 stating that a body was seen floating in the waters of Point Lake. This confirmed their worst fears.
They took to their Facebook page: “NEWS RELEASE - The search for Maranda Whitten has unfortunately been suspended. Maranda was found earlier this morning a victim of an apparent drowning.”
They then proceeded to explain how she drowned, which was the most devastating part of all.
“Maranda did have an extension cord which was missing from the campground tied to her ankles which was then tied to a large rock. This tragedy is being treated as a suicide and as standard procedure, her body will be sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.”
They finished by stating their condolences: “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be [with] Maranda’s family. We appreciate all those who have given their time and resources during this time.”
Whitten’s mother, Tabitha, told sources that her daughter had been battling severe depression. She had just experienced a terrible breakup, was dealing with debt and had just graduated college.
“She went into major depression. Everything hadn’t been going her way. Maranda is highly intelligent and seemed on track all her years back at college,” Tabitha stated.
This is never the news any parent or family member wants to receive. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Whitten family during their tragically unexpected loss.