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Authorities seek man connected to Gainesville hotel slaying
Officials still mum on victims ID, manner of death

GAINESVILLE — Authorities are looking for a Gainesville man connected to a homicide at the Sun Suites Extended Stay Hotel on Ga. 369/Jesse Jewell Parkway.

They are asking the public’s help in trying to find Jose Garcia-Flores.

“We are concerned for his welfare,” said Gainesville Police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook.

Also, an autopsy has been scheduled for Monday at the state crime lab for the victim, a man whose name hasn’t been released.

“We are still attempting next-of-kin notification,” Holbrook said. Otherwise, authorities were scrambling Sunday to find out more information about the homicide at the hotel on Ga. 369/Jesse Jewell Parkway.

Holbrook said the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and “other state and local jurisdictions” are working on the case as well.

“We’re still searching for leads, looking for evidence,” Police Cpl. Joe Britte said. We’re still reaching out for the public’s assistance. If they know anything, any minute detail, about this homicide, call us or the [Georgia Bureau of Investigation] and report it immediately.”

Gainesville police responded Saturday afternoon to the hotel, which is off Jesse Jewell Parkway between Central and Auburn avenues, after an employee called 911.

The GBI arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. The state agency works with local departments in preserving and collecting evidence, Britte said.

“As typical in these cases we look at everything that could be of evidentiary purpose,” Holbrook said.

He confirmed an earlier media report that authorities took “the Dumpster from the scene to be processed for possible evidence or items connected to the case.”

Officials also aren’t releasing the victim’s manner of death.

“Again, we don’t want to release anything prematurely to hinder the case,” Britte said.

The setting Sunday afternoon at the hotel was quiet, with little outside activity. Police tape stretched across half the hotel’s back side, which is bounded by Myrtle Street.

Suzanne Moses, general manager, said the hotel didn’t have a statement at this time, but “we’re cooperating fully with the police.”

She added that the hotel is operating normally.

Holbrook said he didn’t know how many were staying in the hotel at the time of the incident.

“We still have an ongoing and active crime scene,” he said. “There have been officers and crime scene technicians on scene, so there is a law enforcement presence there.”

Anyone with information about a homicide at the Sun Suites Extended Stay Hotel can call Gainesville police tips line anonymously at (770) 533-5873.