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Body found in Atlanta ID'd; believed killed in Gwinnett

Authorities believe a gunshot-riddled body found west of downtown Atlanta may be that of a Gwinnett man reported missing Saturday.

Gwinnett County police responded to 6460 Buford Highway in Doraville after a witness reported “hearing screams and gunshots” at about 10 p.m. Saturday. Officers never found a victim, spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said, but did discover a “significant amount of blood and a spent shell casing.”

“Officers and detectives searched the area and conducted a canvas, but no victim was located,” Smith said.

Sunday afternoon, some 17 miles away, Atlanta police believe they found the body.

According to Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones, authorities there responded to 1001 Proctor St. — not quite two miles west of the Georgia Dome — at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday. There they found “a partially clad person lying in a prone position on the embankment of sunken land.”

“The preliminary investigation suggests that the decedent was brought to this location and had several gunshot wounds on his body,” Jones said.

Gwinnett County homicide detectives took over the case Monday after it was determined that the body was likely that of 33-year-old Diego Ramirez (a fact confirmed Tuesday by the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office). Ramirez, a Lawrenceville resident, was last seen by his wife Saturday evening before leaving home to “meet with friends,” Smith said.

His vehicle was located near the original scene where Gwinnett police responded Saturday night, Smith said.

Authorities believe he was killed there before being dumped in Atlanta.

“We are not releasing additional information (regarding things like possible suspects or motive) at this time,” Smith said Tuesday.