Prosecutors say internet searches prove former police officer murdered 16-year-old girl

Miles Bryant is accused of murdering Susana Morales, found dead in February 2023

GoFundMe Susana Morales

A former police officer accused of murdering a teenage girl and dumping her body in the woods, he allegedly conducted incriminating internet searches presented by prosecutors during his ongoing trial.

Miles Bryant was initially arrested in February 2023 in Gwinnett County, Georgia, for moving the body of 16-year-old Susana Morales, six months after the teen was reported missing, PEOPLE previously reported. Jail records indicate he was later charged with murder and kidnapping.

The prosecution rested its case against Bryant this week and closing arguments are expected to begin June 12, according to a report from 11 Alive.

During the trial, several researches that prosecutors claim Bryant did were presented, including “how long does it take for a body to decompose?” » and “How are you identified by your dental records?” ”, according to reports from 11Alive and WSB-TV.

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Miles Bryant

Fox 5 Atlanta reported that Bryant was identified as the suspect in Morales’ murder after his gun was allegedly found near his skeletal remains, according to prosecutors.

According to 11Alive, Bryant refused to testify on his own behalf and his lawyers did not call any witnesses during the trial.

Morales was reported missing on July 26, 2022, when she did not return home after sending a text message to her mother informing her that she was on her way, PEOPLE previously reported.

Related: Georgia police officer arrested after naked body of missing 16-year-old girl found in woods

Her remains were not found until February 6, when they were spotted in a wooded area by a passerby.

Bryant was an officer with the Doraville Police Department at the time of his arrest. The department, in a statement released after Bryant’s arrest, called him a former officer.

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“The City of Doraville and its Police Department are cooperating fully with the Gwinnett Police Department in its investigation of Mr. Bryant,” the statement said. “Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Susana Morales and everyone else affected by this tragedy.”

A GoFundMe launched by Morales’ family raised more than $23,000.

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