SUWANEE - Police have identified the woman found dead in the parking lot of a Motel 6 in Suwanee on Monday.
Police are investigating the death of 43-year-old Deborah Ann Glover as a homicide. Investigators are not releasing how Glover died for fear of compromising the investigation.
"At this point we want to use that (cause of death) as an investigative tool as long as we possibly can before we release that information," said Capt. Clyde Byers, Suwanee Police Department spokesman.
He said the woman's body was found around 4:15 p.m. Monday lying in the motel parking lot between a trailer and a privacy fence.
He said Glover's identity was confirmed Tuesday night through fingerprint comparison.
Ted Bailey, chief forensic investigator for the Gwinnett County Office of the Medical Examiner, said the Automated Fingerprint Identification System is the most commonly used method of matching fingerprints, and Byers confirmed the system was used to identify Glover.
Byers said Glover was in the system due to past criminal history in Atlanta but did not know what the past charges were.
Police believe Glover is from Atlanta, but Byers said he is unsure of the woman's connection to Suwanee.
"We're trying to put together where she last lived and why she was at the motel," he said.
Byers said the family was notified of Glover's death Tuesday night and detectives have talked with the victim's mother.
"She does have some children, but I don't think she was married at the time," Bailey said. "The children are all adults."
After talking with the family, Byers said investigators are still unsure why Glover was at the motel.
"To my knowledge she wasn't staying at the motel unless she was meeting an acquaintance or someone, but we just don't know at this point." Byers said.
He said the next step is to question people who were staying at the motel and follow any leads they come across.
"My detectives are out shaking the bushes at this point," Byers said. "Now that we have an ID we can start to establish a time line - where she was in the last 24 hours before she died."
Motel 6 employees in Suwanee refused to comment on the incident. A motel spokesperson at the corporate office in Carrollton, Texas, who did not want her name revealed, said police have increased their patrolling around the motel.
She said she is unaware of any similar problems involving the motel in the past.