• Burned body found by couple, identified

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    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Police have identified the body of a woman found burned at a Gwinnett County park.

    The gruesome discovery in a Gwinnett County park still has police trying to identify the motive of the homicide. Police say the body was identified as 26-year-old Lauren Taylor of Dalton, Ga.  

    The body was found on a pathway in DeShong Park. The Fire Department tried to wash away any sign of what happened there but the pavement is still scarred.
     
    Many people who use the park wonder if they know the victim or maybe even her killer.
     
    “This is where we walk, this is where we bring our children,” said Assumpta Ebung.
     
    Ebung was nearly in tears after looking over the spot where a woman's badly burned body was found Wednesday morning.
     
    “The fire was contained to the body. There is a wide crime scene. We don’t know whether this evidence they've located is going to be related or not,” said Cpl. Ed Ritter with the Gwinnett County Police Department.
     
    Investigators believe the body had been in the park for several hours. Ebung said she now regrets not calling police when she saw a suspicious man in the park midday Tuesday.
     
    “He looked really dazed, like something was not right,” Ebung said.
     
    At the time Ebung says she wondered if the man was homeless.

    “It's believed she was burned in the location where she was found,” Ritter said.

    Donations and contributions for Taylor's family can be sent to Willis Funeral Home at 2011 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Dalton.

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