Body is missing mother; husband a suspect

Nique Leili

Nique Leili

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police this afternoon confirmed a body found Saturday near Lawrenceville is a mother of three who'd been missing for a week, calling her husband of 12 years a suspect in her death.

Dental records confirmed the body found by a group of volunteer searchers Saturday morning in the Collins Hill area is that of Dominique "Nique" Leili, 44.

Leili's husband, Matt Leili, reported her missing July 11, telling police she'd vanished two days prior. On Friday, a day before the body turned up in the Leili's neighborhood, Matt Leili told detectives he'd retained an attorney and stopped cooperating, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

"We can conclusively say at this time that he is a suspect," Ritter said.

No charges have been filed in the ongoing homicide investigation. Police did not release a cause of death.

A search for Nique Leili organized by family and friends ended about 9:30 a.m. Saturday when a co-worker found her body under a pile of sticks and leaves in the Oak Village subdivision, less than a mile from the couple's home.

The couple have two daughters -- ages 12 and 9 -- and Nique Leili has a 19-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, who "has been cooperating with the investigation," Ritter said.