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New details emerge as slaying suspect ID'd
Mother assaulted, strangled in home
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Anyone who has had any contact with Jorge Montiel or has any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stoppers tipline at (770) 888-7308. Callers may remain anonymous. Information may also be provided to Cumming police at (770) 781-2000 or the GBI at (800) 597-8477.

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in their hunt for a man accused of killing a Cumming mother of two last week.

Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said warrants for Jorge Montiel’s arrest were obtained Monday morning.

“His whereabouts are unknown,” Paxton said.

Montiel, who is between the ages of 22 and 25, is wanted for murder, aggravated sodomy and burglary in connection with the death of 34-year-old Maria Hernandez-Reyes.

Hernandez-Reyes was found dead Oct. 13 in her home on Park Street, off Pilgrim Mill Road near Cumming City Park, by a man who rented a room in the house from her and her husband.

Paxton said Hernandez-Reyes died of strangulation, and evidence indicates that she was sexually assaulted. It is not clear why she was attacked.

“The investigation now reveals that there was in fact forced entry into the home,” he said. “We do have at this time credible forensic evidence placing (Montiel) at the crime scene.”

Paxton said authorities have not yet determined if Hernandez-Reyes knew Montiel.

The sheriff’s office is working with Cumming police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on the case.

Cumming Police Chief Scott Burgess said the department has not received many phone calls about the matter, but officers have fielded questions during their daily interactions with residents.

Authorities said Montiel, who has been arrested in the past by police and the sheriff’s office for forgery and traffic offenses, lived in an apartment complex on Gathering Place, which is within walking distance of the woman’s home.

He was unemployed at the time of her death.

Hernandez-Reyes had a 12-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. She and her husband worked together for a cleaning business, authorities said, and appeared to have a stable family life.

Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said because of a language barrier, Spanish-speaking investigators have been communicating with the family and neighbors about the case.

“The Hispanic community here and around where she lived has been very cooperative with our investigators,” Moss said.