(WatchDogReport.org) – Police in Georgia announced on September 14 that a juvenile and five adults were charged with murder after a woman was found dead in the trunk of a vehicle. Authorities found that the 70-pound victim was beaten and malnourished for several weeks.
In a statement, the Gwinnett County Police Department said that the woman was from South Korea and came to the United States to become part of a religious organization. The department, which didn’t reveal the victim’s name, also said that the six accused referred to themselves as part of the “Soldiers of Christ” group.
While authorities are still investigating the cause of death, police revealed that the department’s medical examiner’s office believes the main factor could have been “malnourishment.” According to different reports, the arrest warrants indicate that the female victim was brutally beaten and starved for a couple of weeks. Police authorities believe that the abuse started on August 3. However, it remains unclear the exact day she passed away.
In the statement, the department pointed out that the six accused were charged with concealing the death of another, false imprisonment, tampering with evidence, and felony murder. These were 26-year-old Eric Hyun, 22-year-old Juoonhyum Lee, 26-year-old Gawom Lee, 25-year-old Hyunji Lee and 26-year-old Joonho Lee. The juvenile was 15 years old and wasn’t identified. All of them were from Georgia.
Authorities believe that Hyun parked his vehicle on September 12 at a business in Duluth, which advertises services for spas. The police department said in its statement that the business wasn’t connected to the woman’s death. The police added that after parking his car, Hyun called a relative to pick him up and drove to a hospital in Atlanta to treat some unrelated injuries.
The woman’s body was found in the trunk of his car after Hyun asked his relative to pick up some personal items from the vehicle. The relative immediately called 911, and this discovery led detectives to execute a search warrant at a Lawrenceville house. The department said this belonged to Hyun and noted that detectives believe the crime took place in its basement.
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