An arrest has been made in the murder of a 19-year-old woman whose remains were discovered in a wooded area near Lake Lanier.
Timothy James Krueger, Sr., 49, of Duluth was taken into custody at his residence on Cardinal Lake Drive on Thursday, August 4. Gwinnett County Police Department detectives have charged Krueger with felony murder and aggravated assault for the stabbing death of Sarai’ Llanos Gomez, of Ecuador.
Gwinnett County Police say they believe Gomez may have been engaged in sex work and was contacted by Krueger for that service. Gwinnett County Police say Krueger confessed to her murder.
Gomez’s remains were found on June 20 on Paradise Point Road in Flowery Branch.
Investigators released a video of a man in a gray SUV who was identified as a person of interest in the case. They also released a GBI forensic sketch artist’s rendering of the man. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office says Krueger is the same man who was seen in the video.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigators have taken a warrant against Krueger for concealing a death.
Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch praised the work of his agency’s Criminal Investigations Division and Special Intelligence Unit.
“I’m proud of the way our CID and Intel Unit collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Gwinnett County detectives to find this young woman’s killer,” Couch said. “Six weeks ago we had no idea who our victim was and we had no leads on her killer. After hundreds of hours of intense investigative work, our team was able to put a suspect behind bars. I pray this brings a sense of justice to Ms. Gomez and her family.”
At this time, Krueger remains in the Gwinnett County Jail with no bond.