A mother and daughter recently feared missing in Florida appear to have left voluntarily, days before the mother reportedly died suddenly.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Angela Jolley and her 19-year-old daughter Alexis Jolley were last seen at their St. Petersburg home on the night of July 22. The mother and daughter had planned to fly to Maine this past Tuesday to visit family and explore the possibility of a permanent move. A relative told the Tampa Bay Times that she had spoken to Angela at length about the details of the upcoming trip shortly before Angela and her daughter vanished.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that a police investigation revealed the mother and daughter left their St. Petersburg home early Thursday morning and drove out of state after withdrawing money from a bank account. The pair took their two dogs with them and reportedly put some luggage in the car, but left their cell phones behind. Angela Jolley did not report to work or call out sick.
According to the report, police traced the Jolleys through Mississippi, where they reportedly stayed in a hotel one night; and to Memphis, Tennessee, where they were found to be on Saturday. On Tuesday, police put out an appeal for the mother and daughter to contact authorities and let them know they were okay, and asked the public for help tracing their movements since Saturday.
But on Wednesday, WFLA reported that Angela Jolley, 46, died in a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, early that morning. Angela’s daughter was reportedly with her, and Alexis Jolley contacted family members to let them know her mother had died.
The report does not indicate how the mother died, describing it only as a “medical episode,” and police have said they are not investigating the death as suspicious.
“We will no longer be looking into this case,” St. Pete Police Sgt. Kevin Haemmelmann told WFLA.
“There is nothing criminally involved that either of these women have done. We spoke to Alexis this morning and they both, at their own free will, decided to go on a trip out west. And that’s where they were headed when this tragedy occurred.”
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.