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Woman finally gets sister’s phone back from police two years after she was murdered

Emma Guinness

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Woman finally gets sister’s phone back from police two years after she was murdered

A woman has revealed what she found on her sister's phone after it was returned to her by police two years after she was murdered.

26-year-old Angelina Marie Carmen Betz was murdered in May, 2020 in Bakersfield, California, and her sister Serena only recently got her phone back, providing a heartbreaking glimpse into her final days.


Serena shared a video of what she found on TikTok, captioning it: "The part of losing someone that no one talks about. Cleaning out their home, getting their phone, figuring out what you're supposed to do with it all. "


The video began by revealing a screenshot Angelina had saved about staying clean from substances, another that read 'Mercy is unconditional love', a grave and selfies of the late 26-year-old.

It then ended by revealing that the last phone call made from the deceased's iPhone was a three-minute call to 911.

Viewers on TikTok were quick to share their condolences with Serena after the heartbreaking post.

Angelina was tragically murdered on 21 May, 2020. Credit: GoFundMe
Angelina was tragically murdered on 21 May, 2020. Credit: GoFundMe

One wrote: "911 dispatcher here. Reach out and see if you can find who took that call. I’m sure they will talk to you. I know I would. Wishing you healing."

"I felt this," added a second. "My sister was murdered in 2019, and we got hers back at the beginning of 2021 and it was so hard. Praying for you love."

"Going through my brothers phone was the hardest as well," shared a third. "Sending you love, from one grieving sister to another."

Serena went on to reveal that the family has no plans to wipe or get rid of Angelina's iPhone, writing: "There's no rules on how to grieve or handle these types of things."


She also explained that it took a long time to get the phone back as the family had to wait until the case around her sister's murder was officially closed.

As reported by ABC23, Jennifer Maldonado, then 20, was apprehended on suspicion of Angelina's murder on an an active felony warrant in January 2021.

In April of this year, after a plea deal, she was sentenced to 8 years, 8 months behind bars for the fatal stabbing - ultimately being classed as voluntary manslaughter.


Angelina's mother expressed her dismay at the sentence, releasing a statement which read: "I am not the same person I once was - (Jennifer) does not deserve to be free."

One of the late 26-year-old's sisters added: "She will be a threat to society for the rest of her life."

Jennifer had initially been charged with first-degree murder, but it was reduced after a review of the case.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677 

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@SerenaRecalde

Topics: US News, Crime

Emma Guinness
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