Human remains found in Gwinnett County identified as missing 16-year-old girl

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County police say that remains found near a creek bed on Monday night are those of a missing 16-year-girl.

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


She was last seen by family members around 6 p.m. walking from her home on Santa Anna Drive in Norcross to a friend’s house.

Later, cell photo data and cameras showed her walking in the direction of her home between 10:07 pm and 10:21 p.m. on Oak Loch Trace near Steve Reynolds Boulevard in Gwinnett County. Police believe that at some point, she may have gotten into a car.

Police said her phone continued to indicate that she was in the same area until it was turned off.

Her family told Channel 2 Action News in August they were desperate for answers.

Police most recently put out a new call for information in late January.

Her remains were found Wednesday, more than 20 miles away off of Drowning Creek Road off near the Barrow County line. A passerby saw the possible remains on the side of the road and reported them.

Police have not said if they believe foul play is involved. They are still working to determine how she died.

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com.