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Police ID suspect in death of woman found in Hall park
Woman was found slain at Chestnut Ridge Park in October
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An Oakwood woman is accused of murder in the death of a Flowery Branch woman whose remains were found last October in a Hall County park.

Gwinnett County Police charged Amy Leann McGarity, 27, with malice murder, felony murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, concealing the death of another person and two counts of aggravated assault in relation to Kayla Jeanne Nelson’s death.

Nelson, 20, also was known as Kayla Weil.

McGarity already was in the Gwinnett County Jail, incarcerated for unrelated charges.

Nelson’s remains were discovered Oct. 24 at Chestnut Ridge Park in Hall County. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office turned over the investigation to Gwinnett County homicide investigators in June.

“During the course of their investigation, it was determined that Kayla was murdered within Gwinnett County,” according to a Gwinnett County Police Department release.

Investigators believe the slaying took place in Buford at McGarity’s residence.

No further details, according to the release, will be given due to the ongoing investigation.

Nelson was reported missing back in September, her body discovered by cleanup crews the following month in the South Hall park. Her remains were found covered in a blanket inside a park bathroom.

The park, owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was closed to the public several years ago.

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