Ghazal Mansury, the adopted daughter of an elderly Afghan immigrant woman who went missing but was found dead in an Indian reserve, will have her story unfold on Oxygen’s Snapped. On that episode, San Diego police detectives will discuss how they investigated the disappearance of Mehria Mansury and arrested her drug-addicted daughter.
Mehria Mansury’s family absolutely adored her. The 79-year-old woman was the matriarch of the family. Always keeping in close contact, family members never went a day without speaking to Mehria. But when she disappeared without a trace from her home in September 2013, worried relatives knew that something bad had to have happened to her.
Authorities say that the family’s hunch was correct. Mehria’s body was found more than a week later at the Barona Indian Reservation after a tip came in directing police to that location, a report by the San Diego Union Tribune stated.
Mehria’s family told investigators that they had been desperately trying to contact her by phone, but all of their calls went unanswered. A family member even went to the home but didn’t get an answer the first time. Upon returning, they found Ghazal Mansury, the victim’s 42-year-old daughter, who they say told them she hadn’t seen her mother in a day and didn’t seem alarmed, according to 10 News.
Ghazal Mansury was arrested for the death of her mother. Relatives say they knew immediately that Ghazal was involved, Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood stated in court, according to San Diego Fox-5.
“Ghazal had woven a web of deceit. Family members knew it in their hearts they knew Ghazal was lying, they knew something sinister had happened to their precious aunt. That’s why they kept pursuing Ghazal.”
Police learned that Ghazal Mansury was adopted by Mehria Mansury and her husband, who has since died. After Mr. Mansury’s death, family members watched as Ghazal moved in with her. They accepted her because Mehria seemed to love Ghazal.
But police learned that Ghazal Mansury often abused the elderly woman and had a “love-hate” relationship with her, one that was punctuated by arguing and much discontent in the home. Most of the problems surrounded Ghazal Mansury’s use of drugs and the company that she had begun keeping.
“Shady characters” are the words most people would use to describe Ghazal Mansury’s new friends and boyfriend. Not the kind of people that Mehria would have wanted around her home, but in a bizarre twist of events, the tip that helped break the case wide open came from these same people.
At trial, a witness testified that Ghazal Mansury confided in her that she had killed her own mother. She also told the woman that she strangled her mother before dumping her at the Barona Indian Reservation. The tearful testimony had an impact on the jury, and Ghazal Mansury was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years to life in a California correctional facility.
An autopsy couldn’t determine how Mehria Mansury died, San Diego Fox-5 continued.
“Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood urged the jury to reject the defendant’s claim that she got home from work on Sept. 23, 2013, and found her mother dead. A deputy medical examiner could not determine a cause of death because of insect and wild animal damage at the dump site, but did rule it a homicide. Ghazal lied to friends and family by telling them her mother went missing and that she didn’t know where the older woman was. Mansury also lied about how her mother died.”
Don’t miss the sad story of Mehria and Ghazal Mansury tonight on Oxygen’s Snapped. It airs tonight at 9/8 p.m. Central. Giselle Esteban‘s case was profiled on Snapped last week.
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