Another piece of the puzzle has emerged in the case of a St. Petersburg mother and daughter reported missing last week: Nebraska authorities told the Tampa Bay Times the mother died early Wednesday after suffering a medical episode and collapsing at a convenience store and gas station in Omaha.
The Sarpy County’s Sheriff’s Office and the Gretna Fire Department in Nebraska received a call Wednesday morning about a woman who had fallen at a QuikTrip in Omaha. The call was made at 6:41 a.m. Central Standard Time, or 7:41 a.m. in St. Petersburg.
Emergency medical service workers identified her as Angela Jolley, 46. She was conscious and breathing when the ambulance arrived, authorities said.
While speaking with medical workers, authorities said Jolley lost consciousness and was taken to the CHI Health Midlands Hospital, where she died. Her daughter, Alexis Jolley, 19, was by her side.
The Sarpy County’s Sheriff’s Office is investigating Angela Jolley’s death, though the agency has classified the case as non-criminal, said Lt. Chris Teuscher. Authorities there have not determined the cause of death.
The St. Petersburg Police Department has closed its investigation because it was focused on finding the pair after they disappeared on July 23 and making sure they were not victims of foul play, said police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez.
The news of Angela Jolley’s death capped a weeklong search by police, family and friends. They were last seen the night of July 22 and reported missing the next day after Angela Jolley failed to show up for work.
Friends searched the area around their St. Petersburg home, where they had left their cell phones. Police tracked the pair via surveillance video that showed them driving out of Florida.
St. Petersburg police were looking for them when the agency learned of the death Wednesday morning. A relative told them the mother and daughter had decided to drive to Nebraska. Local family members say they weren’t aware of their plans to leave the state. Police do not know if the daughter plans to return to St. Petersburg.