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Body Of Dead College Student Found Decomposing At Mall Identified

19-year-old Sophomore Silling A. Man had been dead for about two weeks before her body was discovered in a vacant Subway shop. 

A body discovered in a vacant Subway shop in the Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, Georgia has been identified. The body had been found in an “advance state of decomposition,” according to Fox News.

The corpse has been identified as Silling A. Man, a 19-year-old Georgia State University sophomore. Man was a psychology major that had been enrolled for the Fall 2017 semester but had not yet registered for Spring classes. 

Man had disappeared on October 8th, but had returned home shortly after police were notified. She went missing again two days later. She was last seen on November 20th, picking up a paycheck from a store at a different mall. Police say there was no official missing person's report filed when she vanished.

The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office now says that Man had been dead for about two weeks before the body was discovered.

Reports about the discovery of the body indicate Man had been wearing a “black mesh style” jumpsuit and black tennis shoes (which were found next to the corpse). There were no obvious signs of trauma found on the remains. A maintenance worker had been inspecting the unit when he discovered the door was locked. He found the body in a back room after climbing over the counter. 

A sketch provided by county detectives led to an aunt of Man's drawing a connection between the story and her missing niecing, according to WSBTV.

"What's suspicious about this case is the cause of death has not been determined. We don't know exactly how she died," said Corporal Michele Pihera with the Gwinnett County Police Department. "We are waiting on toxicology, we are waiting to figuring out a little more about her history before we can figure out how this investigation is going to wind up." 

A report from AJC adds that the death has not been ruled as a homicide but that there are "circumstances surrounding her death are still being investigated,” according to a police report. 

Police are currently looking for more information about the death, including information on Man's activities and acquaintances. Those with info are encouraged to call 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. A reward of $2,000 is being offered if information provided to Crime Stoppers leads to an arrest or indictment.

[Photo: Georgia Bureau of Investigations]

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