Woman whose burned body was found in Gwinnett park identified

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RAW VIDEO: Gwinnett police discuss the burned body found at Deshong Park

Authorities have identified the body of a woman found in a Gwinett County park on Wednesday.

The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Lauren Taylor, of Dalton. Police offered no details on how the woman died. Her burned body was found by a couple who were walking their dog in Deshong Park near Stone Mountain.

“Details of the homicide are extremely limited at this time,” Gwinnett Cpl. Ed Ritter said in an emailed statement Thursday.

A couple walking their dog in a Gwinnett County park made a grisly discovery Wednesday morning when they happened upon a woman’s burned body, police said.

The burned body of the African-American woman was found about 6:30 a.m. on the pathway next to a pavilion in Deshong Park on North Deshong Road near Stone Mountain, Gwinnett police Cpl. Ed Ritter said.

“This is an active investigation with very few details at this time,” Ritter said. Homicide investigators were on the scene, he said.

Ritter said the fire was contained to the victim’s body.

“She was burned in the location where she was found,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

— Staff photographer John Spink contributed to this report.

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