Burned body found in Gwinnett County identified

Updated July 27: The Gwinnett County Police Department has released the photo above of the man found burned near Gwinnett Place mall. The photos were taken at a convenience store prior to the homicide.

DULUTH — Police say they have identified the burned body found near Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth. The victim has been identified as 47-year-old Duluth resident Raul Zapata-Garcia.

At this time detectives are working to find more information on this case and are urging anyone who may have information about Zapata-Garcia to come forward. 

On Monday, a man called 911 after locating the body at about 11:30 a.m. on a wooded trail near the intersection of Satellite Boulevard and West Liddell Road. 

Officers ruled Zapata-Garcia’s death to be a homicide and said he appeared to have been shot at least once.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, they can contact detectives at 770-513-5300. 

To remain anonymous, tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. The case number is 20-053547.

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