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Probe into death continues
Detective: Violent attacks rare in Cumming
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Forsyth County News


Anyone with information about the Park Street death can call Cumming police at (770) 781-2000 or the GBI at (800) 597-8477.

Cumming Police Detective John Coffman said the neighborhood where a 34-year-old woman was found dead last week is “generally safe.”

“We almost never get calls over there,” Coffman said of the Park Street area. “If we do get calls over there, it is almost always a minor thing.”

The body of Maria Hernandez-Reyes, 34, was found Wednesday afternoon at 110 Park St. off Pilgrim Mill Road.

As of late last week, results had not been released from an autopsy conducted Thursday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab to determine the cause and manner of her death.

The GBI and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office are working with Cumming police on the case.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead has previously said the agency didn’t plan to release the cause of death, once it had been determined, because of the investigation.

Friday, he said there was “nothing new to report” in the case.

Hernandez-Reyes was the third person to meet a violent death in the city over the past five months.

Prior to that, such incidents were rare in the city of some 5,000 people.

Until May, Cumming police hadn’t handled a murder in at least a year.

On May 7, Francisco Celestino-Sanchez died while being treated for injuries suffered a couple days earlier in an altercation at his Kelly Mill Road home.

The suspect in that case has been charged with murder and aggravated assault.

About four months later, on Sept. 5, security guard David Casto was shot to death while working at Ingles grocery store on Canton Road.

Four teenage suspects face armed robbery and murder charges in connection with the case.

Coffman said the incidents are coincidental and unrelated.

“There’s no direct trend or pattern, so it’s just three incidents that have happened to have happened chronologically close to each other as well as geographically close to each other,” Coffman said.

“It’s unfortunate, but we don’t believe the city’s any more dangerous right now than it was last year.”

In the most recent case, Bankhead said a man who rented a room from Hernandez-Reyes and her husband found the woman’s body when he came home from work Wednesday afternoon.

It did not take authorities long to announce foul play was suspected, though they have declined to say why.