The remains of a 16-year-old girl who was beaten to death and dumped next to a vacant house have been identified, but authorities are still looking for her killer.
East Point police discovered the teen’s battered body nearly 2 months ago. According to reports, the 16-year-old is not from the Alanta Metro area. Investigators are still trying to piece together how she died miles away from home.
“The family was distraught when they learned that their child was deceased,” Det. Lakeisha Watts explained.
A sketch is credited with assisting police in putting a face to a disturbing murder that alarmed their community.
“A friend of the family reached out to them and said ‘hey, I saw a sketch closely resembles your daughter, so you need to contact the police and just verify if this is her or not,'” Watts detailed.
According to investigators, the teen’s family resides outside of Atlanta. They drove down and met with police detectives on Friday and later identified the young girl.
On February 12, near midnight, police discovered the teen’s battered body next to a vacant house on Ben Hill Road near Washington Road. Detectives told FOX 5 that she went missing shortly before her body was discovered.
At the request of the family, authorities are not releasing the girl’s name at this moment. An autopsy revealed that the girl died as a result of blunt force trauma.
Detectives are still looking for her killer, and one of the most difficult parts of this case is that they don’t know where the attack occurred.