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Bradley Sisters' Relative: Gary Woman Might Know Something About Missing Girls

Bradley Sisters
Tionda (left) and Diamond Bradley have been missing since July 2001. (Credit: CBS)

CHICAGO (CBS) -- The great aunt of two girls who vanished 12 years ago said she believes a Gary woman might have information about the fate of the two missing girls.

Sheliah Bradley-Smith is the great aunt of Diamond and Tionda Bradley, who disappeared on July 6, 2001. She told WBBM Newsradio's Steve Miller she received an email several months ago from a woman in Gary, Ind., who said something was weighing heavy on her heart.

"You know, she went out of her way to find us. So she must have wanted us to know. She said God was weighing on her heart. Now God is weighing on my heart," Smith said.

Development In Case Of Missing Girls

Smith said the woman wrote that, on the day Diamond and Tionda went missing, the woman's boyfriend appeared at her home "visibly shaken" and told her "he did something messed up" and said something like "she saw it, I had to kill her."

Bradley Sisters
Age progression pictures of Diamond and Tionda Bradley, who have been missing since July 6, 2001. (Credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

Smith said police have told her the woman has stopped cooperating with them.

"I just want the world to know that all this time she's been holding this information. This case possibly could have been solved by now," she said. "And it's a shame she would have this information and not want to step forward with it."

Chicago police could not confirm any new developments in the case or the details of what Smith said, but a spokeswoman said the investigation of the Bradley sisters' disappearance remains active "and limited details can be provided."

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