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Cops looking for woman who saw murder victim

Gwinnett County police are looking for this woman, who may have interacted with Darinel Martinez Lopez on the evening on July 27. Lopez was last seen by family that afternoon before his body was found the following day. (Special Photo)

Gwinnett County police are looking for this woman, who may have interacted with Darinel Martinez Lopez on the evening on July 27. Lopez was last seen by family that afternoon before his body was found the following day. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County police are trying to find a woman who may have been the last to see Darinel Martinez Lopez before he was murdered.

Lopez’s body was discovered on the afternoon of July 28 in a wooded area near his Satellite Boulevard apartment. Lopez’s family had last seen the 26-year-old, believed beaten to death, some 27 hours earlier. Authorities aren’t sure what happened during that time span, but may have a good lead.

On Wednesday, police released surveillance photos of a woman they believe had contact with Lopez at about 7:30 p.m. on July 27. Outside a restaurant at the intersection of Satellite Boulevard and West Liddell Road, the black woman wearing bright pink pants and a black top was “briefly seen in proximity” to Lopez.

“Detectives would like to speak to the woman as a potential witness in the case,” police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. “She was driving a black vehicle, possibly an SUV, and may have been experiencing car trouble.”

Anyone with information on the woman’s identity is asked to call Gwinnett County police detectives at 770-513-5300.