Update: Gwinnett Police release photos of victim in hopes of getting information on the murder

press release from Gwinnett county police department

Photos are of victim just prior to the murder

Update #3: Detectives are releasing photos of the victim just prior to his death in hopes that someone recognizes him and can provide more information on this case.  These photos were taken at a convenience store prior to the murder.

Update  Investigators, in this case, have identified the victim as Raul Zapata-Garcia, 47, of Duluth.  At this time detectives are working to find more information on this case.  They are urging anyone who may have information about Zapata-Garcia to come forward.  Witnesses and tipsters can contact the police department directly or remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at the phone number listed below.


This case has been determined to be a homicide. Investigators believe that the burned body located in the woods was shot at least once. They are still trying to confirm the victim’s identity.  


The Gwinnett County Police Department gave an update of the investigation following the discovery of a burned body in Duluth at about 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 20. A male called 911 after finding the body on a wooded trail near the intersection of Satellite Boulevard and West Liddell Road. 

Homicide detectives were immediately called but at this time it has not been determined whether this is a homicide, suicide, or accidental death.

Arson investigators and the medical examiner’s office have been requested and are assisting in processing the scene.  The identity of the deceased person is being withheld until the next of kin is notified.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should 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.  Case Number:  20-053547

Initial Story

The Gwinnett County Police Department is currently investigating a burned body that was located near the intersection of Satellite Blvd and West Liddell Road in Duluth.  Investigators and the public information officer are currently at the scene.

No other information has been given at this time but the story will be updated as and when more details become available.

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