Gwinnett County, Georgia: 16-year-old Susana Morales was last seen on July 26, 2022. The last time she was heard from was when she sent a text message to her mother stating that she was on her way home at 9:40 pm. She never arrived home.
On February 6, 2023, officers responded to a call reporting the discovery of suspected human remains in the woods. Those remains were recovered and later identified as belonging to Susana.
Susana's sister, Jasmine Morales, told WSB-TV that the family received a phone call shortly after Susana's funeral on Monday, February 13, notifying them that an arrest had been made.
"I was shocked," she Jasmine told the station. "I had to process it for a second. I was just like what? That explains why it took so long for us to have an answer. It's a police officer. I'm guessing they know hot to cover their tracks."
22-year-old Miles Bryant had worked with the Doraville Police Department since 2021 and been previously employed as a jailer in Forsyth County.
The city of Doraville Police Department issued a statement on Facebook saying, "The City of Doraville was notified the afternoon of Monday, February 13 that a now former police officer was being served felony arrest warrants by the Gwinnett Police Department in connection with the disappearance and murder of Susana Morales. The City of Doraville and its Police Department are fully cooperating with the Gwinnett Police Department in its investigation of Mr. Bryant. Our prayers rest with the family and friends of Susana Morales and everyone else affected by this tragedy."
At this time Bryant has been charged with concealing a body and filing a false report.
The false report charge stems from a report he allegedly made the day after Susana went missing stating that his gun had been stolen from his car after it was broken into while parked at his apartment complex.
At this time, the matter is still under investigation. No information has been released concerning the cause or manner of Susana's death, and there is no known motive.
"Detectives developed enough probable cause to get an arrest today, but the investigation is still ongoing," Officer Hideshi Valle of the Gwinnett County Police said.
Investigators disclosed that Bryant lived in an apartment "in close proximity" to Susana, but they have not uncovered any interactions between Susana and Bryant.
According to Law & Crime, the arrest warrant issued makes it clear that more charges are expected to be filed in the case.
Detective Angela Carter indicates that Bryant "is known or suspected" of rape, murder, and other, undisclosed, felonies.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Gwinnett County Police Department at (770) 513-5300. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may do so by calling their tip into Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at (404) 577-TIPS (8477).
- Healing for Susana's family
- Exposure of the whole truth including any failings at any level of the handling of Susana's missing persons case
- Healing for the individual that discovered Susana's remains
- For God-honoring attorneys and a God-fearing judge to be assigned to the case