GREENSBORO, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have charged a man in the death of an Atlanta-area teenager, even as they await an autopsy to confirm that remains discovered Sunday belong to missing 16-year-old Anthony “AJ” Haszelton.
Local news outlets report sheriff's deputies in Greene County arrested 19-year-old Charli Rey Ramos on charges of malice murder and concealing a death.
Greene County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said a body found in a shallow grave by a landowner in a wooded area east of Greensboro on Sunday matches the description of Haszelton, who has been missing from Decatur since April. The body was found about 70 miles (110 kilometers) east of Haszelton's home.
"“The clothing articles that were located and the shoes fit the description of what Mr. Haszelton was last wearing,” Harrison told WSB-TV.
At first, investigators believed Haszelton had run away, but then announced in May that the teen might be the victim of foul play.
Haszelton’s mother, Benji Abbey, reported him missing on April 23, four days after she last saw him. Abbey told police she was contacted by one of his friends saying Haszelton might be in “grave danger,” according to a police report. The friend told Abbey her son had gone to Greene County with an older gang member to engage in “some sort of criminal activity.”
Harrison said Ramos was the last know person to be seen with the victim and that a friend had told the family that the two were heading to Greene County before Haszelton had disappeared.
It's unclear if Ramos has a lawyer representing him or when he will appear in court.