Update: Body in lake believed to have died by suicide

Update: July 27, 2018 – 2:30 p.m.

Gwinnett County Police Department is reporting that the body in the lake likely died as a result of suicide. The manner of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. While it has not conclusively been proven that it was indeed Alvin Ahmed, the 25-year-old pharmacist who went missing from the Loganville Publix, police believe it was him. The Medical Examiner has determined that the person died as a result of suicide and bullet fragments match a gun and ammunition purchased by Ahmed in May 2018.

“There is a significant amount of other circumstantial evidence that will not be disclosed at this time as this case is still under investigation,” Sgt. Jake Smith, public information officer for GCPD said in a press release.

Smith said there were no dental records from Ahmed to compare to the body but attempts were being made to reconstruct fingerprints of the body for comparison with Ahmed. Failing that, DNA results would be obtained.


Update: July 24, 2018

Gwinnett County Police Department public information officer Sgt. Jake Smith said Tuesday, July 24, that there is still no positive identification of the man whose body was found last Wednesday in Lake Carlton. A report on Alvin Ahmed’s Facebook page by a family member said that dental records also were not conclusive.

“Various efforts are still under way to identify the body. While detectives believe it could be Alvin Ahmed, it has not been confirmed,” Smith said. “There are no updates to report at this time and I do not expect any again today.”

Smith said the search of the lake will not resume today, but he expect it to resume again at some point this week.

Update – July 19, 2018 – 4.15 p.m.

Gwinnett County Police Department reports that the autopsy performed on the body located in Lake Carlton on Wednesday night did not immediately reveal the identity of the victim. Sgt. Jake Smith, spokesman for GCPD, said further tests will be done to try and obtain a positive identification, but they do not expect the results to be available today. In a press conference this morning, Smith said the condition of the body after being in the water for a couple of days, with the heat as well as wildlife in the water, made identification difficult. He said if there was no way to immediately identify the victim, it could take several days to get a positive identification. It is likely that dental records or DNA would need to be used to make a positive identification.

Update – July 19, 2018 – 9:40 a.m.

Gwinnett County Police Department are asking the public for any information people may have concerning the body of a man that was pulled from Lake Carlton in the Loganville area of Gwinnett County on Wednesday night.

“Officers responded to a ‘suspicious activity’ call on Lake Carlton (Lake Carlton Road / Bob White Lane), unincorporated Loganville, on July 18, 2018 at about 8:15pm.  The caller noticed something floating in the water and called 911.  Fire Department personnel responded with officers and used a boat to approach the object. They were able to confirm it was a deceased male,” Sgt. Jake Smith wrote in a press release. “Detectives have taken over the case in an effort to identify the deceased person. Decomposition has made identification difficult, however an autopsy is scheduled for today (July 19, 2018).”

Smith said detectives are aware of the missing person case from the Loganville Police Department concerning Alvin Ahmed. If anyone has any information to share in this case they are asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

Update – July 19, 2018 – 8:30 a.m.

Officials with the City of Loganville said the only thing they can say at this time on the body that was found in Lake Carlton last night was that it does match the general description of Alvin Ahmed, the man who went missing from the Publix parking lot on Monday night. They are waiting until later today to hopefully get a positive identification from the medical examiner.

“Gwinnett Police Department is the lead agency on this at the moment,” said Robbie Schwartz, spokesman for the City of Loganville Police Department.

Initial Story – July 18, 2018

Gwinnett County Police Department confirm that a body was being recovered Wednesday night, July 18, 2018, from Lake Carlton in the unincorporated Loganville area of Gwinnett County. At this time they are not giving out any further details.

Lake Carlton is a 10-acre lake on the eastern edge of Gwinnett County. It is a popular fishing location.

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