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The Oliver 3: Still no arrests made in case of black girls found dead in Texas pond last year

Jenifer Knighton

The tragic deaths of three young black girls found in a pond in East Texas last summer have not yet led to any arrests, and advocates and experts believe that local authorities have severely mishandled the case. The girls, known as the Oliver 3, were reported missing on July 28, 2022, in Atlanta, Texas, and their bodies were discovered in a nearby pond the following day. The initial report claimed that the girls had drowned, but autopsy reports in March 2023 confirmed that the girls had suffered strangulation and lacerations to their faces.
Quanell X and the New Black Panther Nation with family of the Oliver girls.Photo byQX Global News

Quanell X and The New Black Panther Nation held a press conference in Cass County on April 3, demanding that the FBI investigate the case.

Data collected from the U.S. Census data from 2022 shows that Cass County has a population of 28,539 people, and the New Black Panther Nation believes that the town does not have enough resources to investigate three homicides.

The Cass County District Attorney's Office has been working with the Texas Rangers and the sheriff's office to investigate the murders, yet no suspects have been found, and the investigation is becoming more challenging due to the lengthy time lapse.

According to national reporter Jayla Whitfield-Anderson, David Thomas, a professor of forensic studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, has criticized the investigation, stating that if the victims were white, the investigation would have received more attention.

Furthermore, Quanell X believes the investigation is not a priority because the young girls are all Black. The delay in the investigation is considered devastating as it is much harder to find suspects, witnesses, and evidence. The longer the time lapse between when the bodies are found and the investigation begins, the harder it is to obtain justice.

According to him, the Oliver 3 case has once again exposed the vulnerability of black women and children in the United States. It is time to acknowledge the injustices that exist and to demand action from authorities to ensure justice for the Oliver children and all other victims of such crimes.

Attempts to get in contact with the Texas Ranger assigned to this case have been unsuccessful.

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Jenifer Knighton is a Community Activist, Journalist, Counselor, and DWI-Education and Intervention Instructor focused on social justice and change. Her mission is to build stronger communities through Hope, Empowerment, Advocacy and Outreach, Resources, and Support.

Houston, TX

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