Former Georgia cop is charged with kidnapping and killing girl, 16, and dumping her naked body in woods, charged and held without bond
Investigators are also probing Miles Bryant‘s ‘history of stalking women …that went unchecked’
Ex-Doraville cop Miles Bryant, 22, is being held without bond for the teenage girl’s death
The charges center around the disappearance of 16-year-old Susanna Morales
Morales’ skeletal remains uncovered in July, six months after she was reported missing, in woods near Dacula, an Atlanta surburb was identified in February
Over the weekend, Bryant was hit with another unrelated charge of stalking and first-degree burglary
Former classmate, Elesha Bates, accused him of stalking her and breaking into her home in Snellville, Geogia, several times in 2019
Her neighbor’s door camera captured Bryant tampering with a locked bedroom window
Bryant who was fired from his job is facing charges of concealing her death, filing a false report of a crime, murder and kidnapping
A suburban Atlanta police officer has been charged in the kidnapping and murder of a girl who disappeared last July after her naked body was found stashed in a forest.
Miles Bryant, a former officer with the Doraville Police Department, is now being held without bond for the death of a teenage girl who was last seen in July.
Bryant, 22, is facing additional charges of conspiring to conceal his alleged crimes after the fact.
The charges center around the disappearance of Susanna Morales, 16, who cops said had no relationship to Bryant, but lived just a few miles away from the disgraced officer.
Her skeletal remains were discovered and identified by cops last month, in woods near Dacula, an exurb of Atlanta less than 20 miles from her last known location.
Since stripped of his police credentials and put in custody, Bryant is facing charges of concealing her death, filing a false report of a crime, murder and kidnapping.
As of Sunday, cops have not filed any charges associated with rape. The concealment charge, meanwhile, is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The initial charges against Bryant came less than three weeks ago, after authorities confirmed Morales’ remains were found, naked, in a wooded area along Highway 316.
Investigation begun after a passerby called Gwinnett County police on February 6, to report spotting human remains in the woods between Drowning Creek and the Barrow County Line, a few miles from Doraville.
The medical examiner used dental records to identify Suzanna Morales six months after her parents reported her missing in July 2022.
When filing the missing person’s report, the Morales family told police the teen disappeared the night of July 26. Her cell phone and video footage showed her walking towards her home, but police have reason to believe she may have gotten into a vehicle.
Bryant, meanwhile, lived in Norcross – ‘in close proximity to [the] victim and dumped her naked body in the woods,’ Gwinnett Detective Angela Carter said upon announcing his arrest as the sole suspect in the case less than two weeks later.
Investigators said the suspect ‘is known or suspected of’ rape, murder, and other felonies.
He is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Adult Detention Center on charges of concealing the death of another, filing a false report of a crime, murder and kidnapping.
The false report of a crime charge, a misdemeanor, and the concealment charge, cops said, stemmed from Bryant attempting to conceal Morales’ death during a time period between July 26, 2022, at 10:20 pm to 1:40 am on July 27, 2022.
During those hours detectives said, the disgraced cop unlawfully ‘hinder[ed] the discovery of whether or not such person was unlawfully killed.’
Police added that Bryant also falsely filed a police report claiming his gun was stolen after his car was broken into. Cops did not elaborate how the charges are connected to the Morales case.
Bryant who was fired after he was charged, remained in jail Sunday after a judge denied him bail earlier in the week, with a local judge citing investigators’ belief that the officer ‘is a danger to the community’.
As cops continue to build a case against the former law officer, more of his alleged crimes have been uncovered. Bryant faces new charges in connection with the alleged stalking and burglary of another woman.
Former classmate, Elesha Bates, 21, claims the suspect showed up to her home in Snellville unannounced in May 2019 and on several other occasions.
The complainant submitted Ring camera video of the scary encounter to both the Gwinnett County Police Department and the Doraville Police Department in December as evidence, after she told cops that Bryant, who was employed with the Doraville Police officer at the time, was stalking her.
In response to the neighbor’s account, the Doraville Police Department reveled it conducted an administrative investigation into the incident, but closed the case against Bates due to the lack of ‘lack of leads.’
Speaking to FOX 5 last month, Bates who said the incidents happened before Morales disappeared in July 2022, wondered if the teen would still be alive today had her case not been dismissed.
Doraville Police said Bates was asked to report any potential criminal charges to the Gwinnett County Police Department, due to the apartment complex being in their jurisdiction. However as new information on Bryant’s other cases came to light in late February, the probe into the previous allegations against Bates was reopened.
Police allege that Bryant tampered with a locked bedroom window during the break-in, which was recorded by a neighbor’s doorbell camera. Consequently, he is now facing charges of first-degree burglary in addition to the murder, kidnapping, and concealment charges, and remains incarcerated.
An initial warrant application indicates that Bryant’s work history spans security and defense including the Army National Guard, deputy at the Forsyth County Jail, as well as various security jobs.