CLEVELAND - The Cuyahoga County coroner said Angel Bradley-Crockett was murdered and police are looking for her killer, after the woman was found along Interstate 90.
Tuesday afternoon, police told Angel’s mom that her 26-year-old daughter was strangled and severely beaten, with blunt force trauma to her head and body.
“She was a loving mother…. She’s a sweet daughter. She was a young lady, living for her kids,” Patricia Bradley said.
Bradley had Easter dinner with her daughter, Angel, Sunday night. Earlier in the day, Angel, a mother of three, took her daughters to the IX Amusement Park for a day of fun. Then, around 11 p.m. Sunday, Angel went out with a friend.
Her naked, severely beaten body was body on I-90 Monday morning.
"From what I saw, my daughter was beaten and they took her truck. And dumped her and they haven't found her truck,” Bradley said. “She was beautiful, loving and helped everybody."
Throughout the day Monday, Angel’s family and friends tried to console each other. They knew something was wrong because Angel was always in contact and adored her children.
Angel had two prior arrests involving drugs and one for theft, but her family has no idea who would harm her.
"Turn yourself in. She had three beautiful children. Why take her life? Ain't no good going to come out of this,” Bradley said.
On Wednesday morning, police said they found Angel Bradley-Crockett’s vehicle, which is a gray-blue 2007 Chrysler Aspen. The vehicle was found near the area of East 66th Street and Charter Avenue in Cleveland.
The coroner said she was strangled with a ligature, which means a rope, belt or tie of some sort.
Police are under fire as they investigate why 911 callers were able to identify what they saw on the side of the road as a body, but the first responding officers said it was a deer.
WEB EXTRA: Scroll down for an audio timeline of 911 calls, police radio traffic and dispatcher phone calls
One caller told dispatch “I could have sworn I just saw a guy lying on the ground… Don't know if my eyes are playing tricks on me.” That call was more than an hour before the next calls came in and in between the officers reporting it was a deer.
The city’s director of public safety Martin Flask said a preliminary review showed the actions were not so much a failure in protocol, but rather, “the neglect of duty of the responding officers to fulfill their most basic responsibilities to the citizens and visitors of the City of Cleveland.”
"I don't think nothing of what the police did, just rolled passed my daughter like she was a piece of nothing,” Bradley said.
Flask said the officers’ neglect delayed an investigation into the victim’s death. The mayor’s office also weighed in, saying the matter is being handled aggressively and seriously.
Just last week, Cleveland leaders announced a plan to establish a missing persons unit within the police department, following the discovery of the remains of 11 missing women at a home on Imperial Avenue.
"The people assigned to this unit will be looking at all the reports that come in, analyzing them and determining if there's a common denominator,” Chief Mike McGrath told NewsChannel5 last week.
Angel Bradley-Crockett was never reported missing, but on Tuesday, her family was concerned police did not do enough when calls came in about a body on the side of the highway.
Interactive Audio Timeline of Events
BLUE = 911 CALL
RED = POLICE RADIO TRAFFIC
GREEN = DISPATCHER PHONE CALL
|4:30:46 a.m.||First call to 9-1-1 about body|
|4:35:18 a.m.||Unit A31 dispatched to scene|
|4:50:55 a.m.||Unit A31 advises deer in roadway, clears scene|
|4:54:15 a.m.||Dispatcher calls ODOT about deer in roadway|
|5:34:51 a.m.||Second 911 call about body in road|
|5:39:17 a.m.||Dispatcher calls PD supervisor to close call|
|5:49:07 a.m.||Third call to 9-1-1 about body|
|6:10:56 a.m.||Fourth call to 9-1-1 about body|
|6:13:44 a.m.||9-1-1 dispatcher calls for EMS|
|6:13:56 a.m.||Call dispatched to police again|
|6:17:44 a.m.||Dispatcher confirms location with unit A31|
|6:19:41 a.m.||ODOT worker tells dispatcher the deer is a woman|
|6:25:06 a.m.||Unit on scene calls for more officers, incl. unit A31|
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