Beatriz Noemi Espinoza-Fuentes

Special PhotoBeatriz Noemi Espinoza-Fuentes, a Norcross mother who was reported missing March 25, 2017, was recently identified through DNA testing as the victim of a Clayton County murder.

A Norcross mother who was reported missing more than two years ago has been identified through DNA testing as a murder victim in Clayton County.

Beatriz Noemi Espinoza-Fuentes, who was 25 years old when she disappeared, was reported missing March 25, 2017, by a family friend who called police, worried that Espinoza-Fuentes had not returned phone calls since 10 a.m. the previous day.

The same day the friend made the report, Espinoza-Fuentes called her sister to tell her she’d come by and pick up her 6-year-old son shortly, but never showed up, police said at the time. A few hours later, Espinoza-Fuentes’ 3-year-old son was found by a worker wandering a strip mall near South Norcross-Tucker Road in unincorporated Norcross.

“A 3-year-old wandering unattended is uncommon. Most mothers are not going to leave their kids without proper supervision,” Gwinnett County Police Department Cpl. Deon Washington said at the time.

Though a search party gathered to try to find Espinoza-Fuentes following her disappearance, she was never found alive, and was only recently identified as one of two murder victims found in Clayton County in the spring of 2017.

“The results of a DNA analysis concluded that one of the victims was the missing mother,” Gwinnett Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said.

According to police, because of the circumstances surrounding the case, it’s being investigated as a possible kidnapping in Gwinnett County.

“Both our agency and the Clayton County Police Department are seeking tips in this criminal investigation,” Pihera said.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-690-9496. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 17-027147.

Crime Reporter

Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.