Friday, April 4, 2014
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LILBURN — Angela Rabotte was murdered.
An autopsy performed by the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office Friday afternoon discovered that the 26-year-old, found Thursday morning in a wooded area off of Lilburn Industrial Boulevard, died of a gunshot wound. She had been reported missing Sunday, two days after she dropped her 3-year-old daughter off with a friend and went to Atlanta for a party.
Rabotte was last seen alive at about 6 a.m. Saturday morning at the Norcross-area Steeplechase Apartments.
Lilburn police spokesman Capt. Thomas Bardugon said the department has received “several” tips but declined to release further specifics.
“I can confirm we are interviewing anyone and everyone who last saw the victim,” Bardugon said. “Doesn’t matter who that is.”
Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith, however, said Friday that his department had interviewed one specific man believed to be one of the last to see Rabotte alive. Arrested Wednesday on unrelated charges including obstruction, felony drug possession and probation violation, the man attended the same Atlanta party that Rabotte did on March 28.
Police believe Rabotte also rode in the same car with the man at some point during the night, and was with him early the following morning.
The man, who the Daily Post has chosen not to identify, has a lengthy criminal history but has not been named a suspect or been charged in the Rabotte case. He was released from prison in January after serving more than three years on charges including theft by taking, burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine.
He is being held at the Gwinnett county jail without bond.
Gwinnett County police interviewed the man during the original missing persons investigation. The case was turned over to Lilburn police after Rabotte’s body was found in the department’s jurisdiction.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Lilburn police Investigator Bert Ross at 770-638-2182 or call 770-513-5700 and ask to speak to a police supervisor.