According to authorities, a Georgia police officer was detained on felony charges on Monday about the kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Susana Morales.
According to CW69 in Atlanta, Miles Bryant, a 22-year-old Doraville, Georgia, police officer, was detained on February 13 on preliminary accusations of fraudulently reporting a crime and hiding the death of another in relation to Morales’ passing. Atlanta’s Doraville is a suburb that borders Gwinnett County.
Morales has been missing since July 26, 2022. The Gwinnett County Police Department said that Morales had texted her mother at 9:40 p.m. that she was on her way home, but she never returned. Gwinnett police said in a press release that searches for the teen turned up no leads.
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Approximately six minutes after 6:30 p.m. on February 6th, a bystander reported seeing what they thought to be human remains in the woods to the Gwinnett police, according to police. Police dispatched detectives to the area, and they determined that the remains recovered there belonged to Morales.
Police have not said how the investigation led them to Bryant. In a news release, police said they are still investigating Morales’s manner and cause of death.
In a statement on their Facebook page, the City of Doraville said they were notified by Gwinnett County Police Department that a former police officer was being served felony arrest warrants. A city official said that Bryant was fired after the City of Doraville was told about the alleged charges.
“The City of Doraville and its Police Department are fully cooperating with the Gwinnett Police Department in its investigation of Mr. Bryant,” said officials in the statement
According to Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department records, Bryant is now being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on a $1,300 bond for falsely reporting a crime. According to online sources, Bryant listed a residence address in Norcross, Georgia.
The Gwinnett County Police Department did not respond to a request for additional details regarding Bryant’s arrest before publication.