Gwinnett County

Woman’s body found inside Gwinnett home, police investigating her death as suspicious

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A Gwinnett County woman who found her friend’s body Wednesday morning is looking for answers.

Gwinnett County police are calling the death suspicious.

Ladonna Pacer couldn’t prepare for the devastating moment when she found her friend’s body.

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“I don’t know what happened to my friend,” Pacer told Channel 2 Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Matt Johnson.

She was a neighbor to the woman who was found dead in her home on Sheree Train near Stone Mountain.

Police haven’t publicly named the victim, but are investigating her death as suspicious.

“The garage door was open and the light was on. She would never leave it like that. I don’t know, I don’t know if someone came in her house,” Pacer said.

Pacer said she woke up to a knock on her door at four o’clock in the morning.

She says it was a male friend of the victim’s and he was holding the victim’s 15-month-old granddaughter.

She says he was hysterical so she called 911 and went to the victim’s house and found her inside.

Pacer says she stayed with the victim’s granddaughter until the Division of Family and Children Services arrived to take custody of the girl.


The Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine a cause of death.

Police say they don’t know exactly how long the victim has been dead.

“It does not appear she was in there for any length of time. No more than a day,” Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Michele Pihera said.

Now the neighborhood is dealing with the sudden, shocking loss of a mother of three.

“She has two children in college. She was a good mama,” Pacer said.

Police haven’t said whether they’ve named a suspect or are even looking for one while they await autopsy results.

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