Hall County

Woman found dead near Lake Lanier identified as 19-year-old murder victim

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — The Hall County Sheriff’s Office said they believe a 19-year-old woman found dead last month was murdered.

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Deputies said a decomposed body was found in a wooded area off Paradise Point Road in Flowery Branch on June 20.

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Investigators determined the woman had been murdered, but weren’t able to identify her.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released a sketch of the woman to the public in hopes someone would recognize her.

The body has since been identified as that of 19-year-old Sarai Llanos Gomez, of Ecuador.

The GBI also released a sketch of a person of interest in the case, a man they say was seen on surveillance video in the area around the same time.

It’s unclear whether he’s been identified or is still considered to be a suspect.