Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Disappearance and Murder of Beatriz Espinoza

25 year-old Beatriz Espinoza vanished from Norcross, Georgia on March 24th, 2017. She was last heard from around 10am on that day, when she spoke to her sister on the phone. At that time, Beatriz was with her three year-old son, while her sister was watching her older son. Beatriz told her sister that her three year-old son was sick and she would be coming by to get her older son soon. Unfortunately, Beatriz never showed up to pick up her son and has never been heard from again.

Around 11am the following day, Beatriz’s three year-old son was found wandering around by himself at a shopping center near their home. Beatriz was still nowhere to be found. She was subsequently reported missing to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department. Shortly thereafter, it was learned that Beatriz had never shown up for work the previous evening. Her vehicle was found in its normal spot at her home.

A family friend later told police that Beatriz’s three year-old son’s backpack, which was found in Beatriz’s car, contained bags of methamphetamine and marijuana. This lead many to fear that drugs might’ve played a role in Beatriz’s disappearance. The same friend also reportedly received a phone call from an unidentified man in Mexico, who said that Beatriz owed him $30,000 and he wanted it back.

A few months later, a man walking his dogs in Clayton County found two bodies in a wooded area. For nearly two years, it was unclear if the bodies were connected to Beatriz's disappearance. Initially, it did not appear as such--since Clayton County is miles away from where Beatriz vanished in Gwinnett County. However, in June 2019, one of the sets of remains was confirmed to be that of Beatriz Espinoza. Authorities also confirmed that Beatriz was a victim of homicide. The second set of remains is still unidentified and it is unclear (at this time) if the two cases are connected. Authorities are continuing to investigate both deaths.

Rest in peace, Beatriz.

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