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Body of missing teen found 2 charged with murder

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Police have charged two people for the murder of a missing Alpharetta teenager.

Deri Bonaventura-Flores, 19, of Norcross and Hali Karlan, 20, of Roswell were arrested by Alpharetta Police June 17 after officers found the body of 16-year-old Elijah Smith in Twiggs County.

Bonaventura-Flores and Karlan met with Smith June 13 at the Extended Stay Hotel in Alpharetta and the trio left in a vehicle late that night. Smith was shot and killed in the vehicle shortly after the trio left, according to detectives.

Detectives are still determining the motive for the shooting.

Bonaventura-Flores and Karlan then allegedly drove with Smith’s body to Twiggs County and left it in a “rural wooded area” near Glover Road and Ga. 16.

The Twiggs County Sherriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation helped find Smith and recover the body. The vehicle in which Smith was shot was found in Sandy Springs and was brought to Alpharetta for processing.

Karlan is being held at Fulton County Jail, while Bonaventura-Flores is being held in the Polk County Jail on unrelated charges. Alpharetta police have placed a hold on Bonaventura-Flores.


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