Husband suspected in death of Gwinnett mom

6:35 PM, Jul 18, 2011   |    comments
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Nique Leili

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County police are looking into the possibility that Domonique Leili, whose body was found Saturday morning near her home, was killed by her husband.

Investigators said Matthew Leili was not the only suspect in Nique's death, and that they were looking at others.

Nique, a mother of three, had been missing for more than a week when family and friends began looking Saturday morning. She was last seen at her home Friday, July 8. According to members of her family, her purse, car and ID were all still at home after she disappeared.

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One hour into the search, Leili was found in a wooded area about a mile away from her home. The medical examiner's office positively identified her body Monday.

"She was lying face-down, covered with leaves," said a witness, Jeff Mooney. "You could just tell where the leaves were kicked up on her."

Police said the couple has a history of domestic issues. On June 28th, Nique called 911, telling police that her husband would not let her out of the house. Matthew Leili then picked up the line and said his wife was "throwing a tantrum." Police responded shortly after, but no arrests were made.

Police say Matthew Leili is not cooperating with investigators and has hired a lawyer. The two were scheduled to speak with investigators Monday morning, but never showed up.

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