Sarai Llanos Gomez bio – Sarai Llanos Gomez Wiki
Sarai Llanos Gomez was a young Ecuadorian woman who came to America last year seeking a better life. Still, those dreams ended in tragedy last month when her body was found in a wooded area in Hall County, Ga. Authorities say she’d been murdered.
Sarai Llanos Gomez was 19 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
According to her mother, the 19-year-old single mother of two moved to the Atlanta area hoping to find a waitressing job so she could send money back to her family. But those dreams ended in tragedy last month when her body was found in a wooded area in Hall County, Ga. Authorities say she’d been murdered.
“Ms. Gomez’s body was found on Paradise Point Road on June 20, 2022,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement on Tuesday. “Investigators determined Ms. Gomez was a victim of murder; however, there was nothing at the scene that immediately pointed to her identity. The ongoing investigation, including the release of a composite GBI sketch of the victim, led to her positive identification this week.”
Authorities say that they’re looking for a motive in the killing — but those who knew her to believe that she may have been killed after turning down work as a sex worker.
According to Telemundo, Gomez moved from Ecuador to Chicago in 2021 and lived with family members while working at various restaurants. She had recently moved to Atlanta after receiving a job offer to work as a waitress in a hotel.
In an interview with 11 Alive, Luis Veintimilla with the Ecuadorian Consulate said that moving to Atlanta might have cost Gomez her life.
“From the little information we have, we know she was living alone,” Veintimilla told the station. “She didn’t have many friends here, but she did in Chicago. She had moved here to make more money as a waitress.”
But Veintimilla tells the station that the job was not what she was promised — instead, a job as a sex worker.
Before she vanished, Gomez called her mother and said she had turned down the work. It was the last time her family heard from her.
On June 30 — before Gomez was identified — authorities released a sketch of a man who they said might be a person of interest in her death. They gave no further details, and the Hall County Sheriff’s office tells people they have no named suspects.
While investigators figure out what happened to Gomez, her family tries to get her body returned to Ecuador for a proper burial.
“They want to send her body back to me in ashes,” her mother, Gardenia Gomez, tells 11 Alive. “I want her body. How else will I know it’s really her?”