By Andy Ashurst
Authorities are looking for five people in connection with the murder of a woman which occurred in Gilmer County.
Murder warrants have been issued for Megan Alyssa Colone, 30, of Stone Mountain; Juan Ayala-Rodriguez, 35, of Gainesville; Oscar Manuel Garcia, 26, of Austell; and Mario Alberto Barbosa-Juarez, 29, of Oklahoma City, Okla., according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation press release. Authorities are seeking help in identifying a fifth suspect.
“We can’t comment on why or how, but we feel real comfortable these people are not in the area,” said Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson.
A GBI press release echoed the sheriff, saying the suspects may no longer be in the state. Colone is believed to be traveling with her minor children, possibly using the alias Grace Beda.
The investigation began, Tuesday, April 20, when the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office conducted a welfare check at a residence in Cherry Log. GBI agents were called in to assist.
Rossana Delgado, 37, of Bethlehem, was identified as the victim at the scene. She was reported missing Friday, April 16 and was last seen in DeKalb County.
Autopsy results are pending, according to the GBI release.
“At this point in the investigation, there are absolutely no ties with any of the suspects or the victim to this area,” Nicholson said.
Both the sheriff and the GBI said this is a “very active investigation.”
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Colone, Ayala-Rodriguez, Garcia or Barbosa-Juarez or the identity of the fifth suspect are asked to call the GBI Tipline at 1-800-597-TIPS(8477) or report the information online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online.