The teen charged in connection with the death of a 17-year-old girl who was found near an apartment complex pool has waived his preliminary hearing.

Elijah Foster, 18, appeared briefly before a judge Friday. He was charged with concealing the death of another.

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Elijah Foster

On May 29, a maintenance worker found a teen's body near the pool and deck area at the Atlantic Newtown Apartments on Nesbit Ferry Road in Roswell. It was later determined that the body was Mercedes Chico-Sims.

Her mother had reported her missing the day before to Johns Creek Police. She  told police that her daughter had sneaked out of the house around 1 a.m. She had done so on several occasions before, but always returned. 

Mercedes Sims
Mercedes Sims was reported missing by her mother on May 29. Police are investigating whether or not she is the same woman found dead by a pool at an apartment complex in Roswell.

Police said Chico-Sims' body had signs of trauma, but have not released the exact cause of her death. Her funeral was scheduled for June 5 at North Atlanta Church of Christ. 

Foster has faced other charges unrelated to the case in the past couple years.


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