AUGUSTA, Ga. — Two teenage girls were found shot dead in a wooded area on Thursday, police said.
The bodies of Angela Brooks and Nancy Cushman were discovered by a passer-by at about 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Authorities say Brooks, 19, was from Warrenville, S.C., and Cushman was 17 or 18 and also from the area.
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Investigators in Augusta, Ga., said that Brooks and Cushman were last seen in a car with a man just after midnight, NBC station WYFF reported.
Cushman's 1999 Cadillac Escalade was found about a mile and a half away from where they were killed.
Detectives believe the killer drove the car from the crime scene to where it was found, WYFF said. Both teens had suffered at least one gunshot wound, according to WYFF.
Authorities in Richmond County, which shares the state line with South Carolina, are searching for 26-year-old Travis Lorenzo Berrian, but emphasized he is not considered a suspect.
The Augusta Chronicle reported that Berrian was in 2008 sentenced to five years in prison and six years probation for aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage to property and criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark.
The Associated Press, NBC News and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.