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Authorities release name of woman whose body was found in south Forsyth
Julia Miller
Miller - photo by For the Forsyth County News

SOUTH FORSYTH — A woman whose body was found Dec. 27 in south Forsyth has been identified as a 24-year-old Douglasville resident.

Julia Miller had last been seen in the area on Oct. 28, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Two months later, deer hunters discovered her body in the woods between the BP and RaceTrac gas stations on McFarland Parkway/Exit 12 off Ga. 400.

No trauma was found on her body, and foul play is not suspected, although an exact cause of death has not been determined from the autopsy.

According to the sheriff’s office, Miller had been involved in a shoplifting incident at the RaceTrac about 10:15 p.m. Oct. 28. A short time later, sheriff’s deputies found her vehicle abandoned at a nearby industrial park.

The discovery of her body was made about 500 feet from that location, deep in a wooded 60-acre tract whose owner allows hunters to use it.

A sheriff’s report of the shoplifting case showed that Miller had attempted to sneak sunglasses, air fresheners, keychains, a sunglass strap and can of wipes out of the gas station.

When confronted by an employee, she threw the items to the ground and drove away in a Land Rover.

She had an active arrest warrant in Forsyth County, but had not been reported missing by her family because she often “took off” without telling anyone, according to the sheriff’s office.

This was her only reported encounter in Forsyth, said Robin Regan, a spokesman for the agency, and deputies did not have contact with her after Oct. 28.

Miller’s identity was initially determined through dental records, Regan said. Douglasville is located off Interstate 20 west of Atlanta.

According to her obituary, Miller was born in Russia. She was a U.S. Army veteran and a DJ by profession. Survivors include both of her parents and a husband. Funeral services are scheduled Monday in Canton.

Her family was notified shortly after the investigation began, authorities have said.