The GBI on Thursday said it had positively identified a second set of human remains found in southern Fulton County earlier this year, formally opening a double homicide investigation into the deaths of two Hapeville business partners.
The Fulton medical examiner’s office on May 4 confirmed the remains as those of 35-year-old Kenny Guerra, the business partner of 39-year-old Jason Salter.
“The official autopsy results are pending, but I can confirm that this case is being worked as a homicide investigation,” the GBI said.
Salter and Guerra, who co-owned the Rockstar Lifestyle Print Shop in South Fulton, were last seen together in East Point on Feb. 25 — the same day they were reported missing to the South Fulton Police Department, according to Channel 2 Action News.
The two were inseparable, the news station reported, and loved ones said they believe they were meeting someone before they disappeared. Salter’s Nissan Altima was found in a Family Dollar parking lot, while Guerra’s BMW was discovered at a southwest Atlanta apartment complex.
Their bodies were later found March 11 on a property in Chattahoochee Hills, authorities said. Salter was positively identified last month with the help of dental records.
“After a 51-day disappearance, we were informed that the search for Jason is over,” Salter’s cousin, Eric Lee, said during a news conference outside GBI headquarters after the body was identified. “The search for justice is ongoing.”
Guerra’s loved ones then waited for answers as scientists conducted DNA processing. Both bodies were found on a farm in such a condition that it took several weeks for both families to learn of their fates. The GBI has not offered any details on how the men died, or why.
The two men were special to the community and had no enemies, family members said. They noted that Salter was described by some as a prince of Atlanta.
Both Hapeville and East Point police conducted active investigations into their disappearance, according to the GBI. Authorities have not publicly identified any suspects.
“There are people who know things that have yet to come forward,” Lee said last month. “No one in any place of America should be able to get away with something like this.”
The GBI is handling the homicide investigation at the request of the Chattahoochee Hills Police Department and is soliciting tips in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the state agency at 770-388-5019.
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