Investigators hunt for murder suspect after 18-year-old student found dead, burned in car just days after leaving home for college

Authorities in Georgia are looking for leads days after a young woman’s remains were found inside of her burning vehicle.

According to WSB, authorities were able to identify 18-year-old Talya Torres as the victim and tracked her stolen debit card to a bank nearby the spot in East Point where he body was found.

Investigators say a suspect is seen on surveillance footage getting out of a vehicle and entering a BB&T branch where he used the card to withdraw money from an ATM.

Officials have been circulating images of the suspect in hopes that it leads to a tip regarding his identity or whereabouts.

Meanwhile, the victim’s family is desperate to understand what happened to the young woman. Pearlie Haynes, Torres’ mother, told reporters that she is at a loss in attempting to process the brutal death of her only daughter.

Police say he used an 18 year old college student’s debit card hours after she was murdered and found in her burning…

Posted by Tom Jones-WSB on Wednesday, January 16, 2019


“It’s ridiculous because they didn’t have to do this,” she said.

Haynes remains hopeful that evidence will spark an actionable tip from someone in the public, as reported by The Grio.

“Somebody’s going to know those shoes,” she said after viewing the suspect’s distinctive garments. “Somebody knows that person.”

Haynes said viewing images of the burning car where her daughter died has left an indelible mark on her. Investigators further noted a badge the suspect was wearing and a backpack they believe could provide the key to identifying him.

“Somebody please help me find out who did this to my baby,” the mother said.

This mother says her daughter recently moved out of her home. 3 days later the teen was found dead inside of her burning car. The distinctive shoes police say a person of interest wore while trying to use the victim’s debit card. That’s at 6. WSB-TV

Posted by Tom Jones-WSB on Wednesday, January 16, 2019


[Featured Image: Talya Torres, Handout]