New information on Westside Drive homicide

Sketch of person being sought in connection with the Westside Drive homicideSketch of person being sought in connection with the Westside Drive homicide (provided by the Cobb County Police Department)

Officer Sydney Melton of the Cobb County Police Department has released new information on the Westside Drive homicide.

The victim has been identified as Mercedes De-Jesus Antunez-Flores, 44, of Honduras. His body was discovered in a trailer on August 17.

Police have released a sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with the crime.

The press release states, “The suspect is described as black male with light skin, short twists or dreads, facial hair on his chin, and approximately 5’8” – 5’10” with a skinny build. The GBI has completed a sketch of the suspect.”

The incident is still under investigation by the Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit, and anyone with further information, or who recognizes the person of interest in the sketch, is asked to call Cobb police at 770-499-3945 or the Hispanic tip line at 404-654-0402.

Crimes Against Persons

The Crimes Against Persons Division of the Cobb County Police Department is broken down into several specialized units, to investigate homicides, robberies, technology-based crime, domestic violence and stalking, and crimes against children.  It has a unit that does crime analysis to identify evidence to help link cases and identify suspects.

The division also houses the Crime Scene Unit that according to the division’s website “is responsible for documenting and processing crime scenes to locate evidence, identify suspects, and to present evidence in criminal proceedings. Crime scene technicians are responsible for processing evidence utilizing a variety of procedures for fingerprint, DNA, and trace evidence.”