Roswell death investigation stalls



ROSWELL, Ga. – The investigation into the death of a Decatur woman whose body was found near the Chattahoochee River is stalling, say police.

The body of Merkeesha Taylor, 20, of Decatur was found near the banks of the river on the federal Vickery Creek Park May 11. Initially in the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, they handed the case over to Roswell Police to investigate.

According to the Fulton County Coroner’s Office, Taylor died of a methamphetamine overdose and her body was moved to the location where she was found.

Zachary Frommer, spokesman for the Roswell Police Department, said the investigation has gone cold.

“The leads have been chased and there is nothing more to go on right now,” he said.

Part of the problem, he said, was the lack of cooperation from Taylor’s boyfriend.

“We still would like to talk with the boyfriend,” Frommer said. “He won’t come talk with us.”

The boyfriend is not a suspect, Frommer said, and police cannot simply force him to come in. Indeed, despite her body being moved after her death, Taylor’s death has not been ruled a homicide.

“If it were clearly a homicide, it would be a different story,” he said. “Someone knows something about this. It’s very suspicious.”

But for now, the investigation is at a dead end.


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