Murder suspect also "person of interest" in woman's disappearance

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Mar. 21, 2014

Angel Phelps
Angel Phleps of North Augusta has been missing since November. (WRDW-TV / Jan. 17, 2012)

BELVEDERE, S.C. (WRDW) -- For Janice Phelps of Belvedere, the past two years have been long and traumatic.

"It's just been worse than a nightmare," she tells News 12.

Her daughter, Angel Phelps, has been missing since November 24, 2011.

"Everybody feels like that, you know, she has been killed," says her mother.

Janice has her theory of who did it: 46-year-old Todd Brown. Brown was arrested just two days ago for the alleged murder of 32-year-old Lacey Parker, another young woman -- .

"That really put the icing on the cake there."

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has never charged or even arrested Brown for anything connected to Angel's disappearance. However, the Sheriff's Office now tells News 12 that Brown is a "person of interest" in the case.

"He has been questioned about her disappearance," says Captain Eric Abdullah, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

Abdullah says Brown was the last known person with Angel before she disappeared. After her daughter disappeared, Janice says Brown was never around to help search and never reached out to Angel's family members, even though she says Brown had asked to marry her daughter just a couple months before she went missing.

"It was like he never knew Angel," Janice says. "It was like she never existed to him."

Meanwhile, the Sheriff's Office continues to investigate Parker's case and Angel's case too. Two years later, Angel's case is still active and ongoing.

"Our greatest hope is that we do find her, and we're able to return her to her family," says Abdullah.

Whatever happens, Janice wants closure.

"God does answer prayer, and it's a wonderful thing, because I feel like if I couldn't pray, Chad, I don't know what I'd do," she says.

Again, Brown isn't a "suspect" in Angel's disappearance. He is just a "person of interest" for now. However, the Sheriff's Office says he's the only "person of interest" who has been interviewed by investigators.

News 12 asked the Sheriff's Office if they plan to interview him again about Angel Phelps. Captain Abdullah can't say much for now, but he says as they investigate Wednesday's alleged murder, they're going to look for any connections to Phelps.

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