Three Women Found Fatally Shot In Atlanta's DeKalb County
The year 2019 has just began and a trio of unsolved murder cases has gripped DeKalb County, which partially includes Atlanta, Georgia. The bodies of three black women have been found in recent weeks and local law enforcement are investigating.
All three homicides center on south DeKalb County and each of them involve women being discovered by passersby either in a local park or on the roadside.
Shantrelle Monroe, 24, was found shot to death on December 12, 2018 behind a recreation center near Stone Mountain Park Lake. Authorities have reason to believe that she was lured to the park, according to local media.
Monroe was found by three high school students on a walking trail on Lake Drive Court in DeKalb. This is in the Mainstreet subdivision. Police have indicated that they believe Monroe was gunned down in broad daylight.
"We think she was lured to that location, we don't think it's a random incident," Rod Bryant with DeKalb County Police told WGCL. "Think it's going to be possibly isolated because of evidence that we found during the investigation. We believe that whoever went back there knew where they were going."
Laura Ann Cooley
On Dec. 23, 2018, two days before Christmas, the body of Laura Ann Cooley, 59, was found face-down on the side of the road on Eastwood Drive in a neighborhood off Candler Road in DeKalb.. She had been shot to death, authorities said.
Her brother, Wes Cooley, told a local TV station that his sister left the home she shared with their mother on Dec. 20 and never returned. Days later the .county coroner called.
“I was in shock,” he was quoted as saying.
Police said they feel that Cooley’s death is not related to the other homicides, although it is one of concern
Twenty-four-year-old Maya Mitchell was found shot to death on New Year’s Eve a trail in Glen Emerald Park. The Kennesaw State University graduated from Shiloh High School.
Her body was found by a jogger, according to local media.
Police are still looking for Mitchell’s 2010 green Ford Fusion hybrid.. They are asking the public’s help in finding the car. It has Georgia tag RNF8368.
DeKalb County police on February 4 arrested Malik Nunally, 25, a suspect in the slaying of Maya Mitchell. Nunally is facing murder charges in the DeKalb jail.
DeKalb police said that they have strong leads in the other cases, but still are asking the public to assist if they have information about the murders of any of the women.