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Body found in Gwinnett County identified as missing 16-year-old Susana Morales

Susana Morales texted her mother at 9:40 p.m. on July 26, 2022, and was not heard from again.



The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the human remains found on Highway 316 on Monday belong to 16-year-old Susana Morales.

According to the police, the teenager was reported missing by her family in late July. On February 6th, officers were dispatched to the forest area between Drowning Creek and Barrow County after someone reported sighting what appeared to be human remains.

Morales’ family informed the police that they had not seen her since the evening of July 26th. That night, detectives stated that Morales sent a text message to her mother at 9:40 PM, saying that she was on her way home to Windscape Village Lane.

Data from an app on Morales’ phone showed that she was walking in that direction between 10:07 PM and 10:21 PM, but detectives suspect she may have gotten into a vehicle.

Between 10:21 PM and 10:26 PM, her phone was located in the area of Oak Loch Trace and Steve Reynolds Boulevard, but then either turned off or died. Morales never arrived home.

The Gwinnett Medical Examiner’s Office conducted DNA testing on the remains and confirmed a match to Morales.

The police have not disclosed any information about possible suspects or the circumstances surrounding Morales’ death.

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