• Woman found dead at Gwinnett mall ID'd as Georgia State student

    By: Tony Thomas

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    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A woman who was found dead at Gwinnett Place Mall days before Christmas has been identified as a 19-year-old from Lawrenceville, police say.

    Silling A. Man was found in a vacant Subway restaurant space in the mall on Dec. 21. The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office said she had been dead for about two weeks.

    Man’s death has not been ruled as a homicide, but “the circumstances surrounding her death are still being investigated,” a police release said.

    Man worked at a store in Perimeter Mall and picked up her last paycheck on Nov. 20, police said. Her family told Thomas that she had no ties to Gwinnett Place Mall.


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    She was also a sophomore at Georgia State University. She was last enrolled for the Fall 2017 semester as a psychology major, and did not enroll in spring semester classes.

    Man had been previously reported missing on Oct. 8 by a family member, but she returned home shortly after a missing person case was assigned to an investigator, according to the release. Man disappeared again on Oct. 10, but another missing person report was not filed, police said.

    Channel 2's Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas spoke to Man's aunt. She said she saw the sketch of the then unidentified women last month and thought it looked a lot like her missing niece. 

    "I go occasionally, There's like three stores in there so there's not much to see," said resident Quisha Hunter about the mall.

    The mall is a shell of what it used to be, but still, shoppers can't believe a body could lie in a mall back room for up to two weeks without anyone noticing. 

    "What's suspicious about this case is the cause of death has not been determined. We don't know exactly how she died," said Corporal Michele Pihera with the Gwinnett County Police Department. "We are waiting on toxicology, we are waiting to figuring out a little more about her history before we can figure out how this investigation is going to wind up." 

    Anyone with information about her death is asked to call police at 770-513-5300. 

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

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