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Arrest made in murder of 19-year-old woman from Ecuador found in Hall County woods

The Gwinnett Police Department has arrested a 49-year-old male involved.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — The Gwinnett County Police Department has arrested Timothy Krueger in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old Ecuadorian woman.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office discovered the body of Sarai Llanos Gomez decomposing in a wooded area off Paradise Point Road in Flowery Branch on June 20. They later identified the victim on July 25 and have been actively investigating her death as a homicide since.

Detectives obtained a concealing a death warrant for Krueger and Gwinnett homicide officials obtained search warrants for his home where he was taken into custody on Aug. 4. Authorities said he ultimately provided a full confession.

The 49-year-old confessed to stabbing Gomez several times with a knife which ultimately led to her death, according to an arrest warrant. The murder occurred at a home along Cardinal Lake Drive in Duluth, records show. 

Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

He was later taken to the Gwinnett County Jail and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

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She was a 19-year-old mother of two children, who moved to the United States from Ecuador for a better life, and to send money back home, her family said. Her children are being cared for by Gomez's mother, Gardenia Gomez.

Hall County Sheriff's Office investigators notified the victim's family of her death on July 25. 

Gomez had moved to the U.S. last year: first to Chicago, then to Atlanta where she was offered a waitressing job at a Buckhead hotel.

But the job wasn’t what she had signed up for. Gomez's mother said that, instead, it was to become a sex worker. One day before the disappearance, Sarai told her mother she tried turning it down.

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