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Authorities have issued warrants for five people wanted in connection with the murder of a Georgia rideshare driver.
Friends of the 37-year-old Dekalb County woman said she last spoke to her husband around 7 p.m. shortly before picking up a passenger, according to Atlanta television station WXIA-TV. He reported his spouse missing approximately eight hours later. Delgado was last seen driving a red Ford focus sedan.
Delgado was last seen alive at an Atlanta mall on April 16, shopping with a woman who was later identified via surveillance footage as Megan Colone, one of the five suspects in her death.
"[That] area has a lot of Venezuelan people," family friend Pedro Viloria told WXIA-TV. "A lot of them do Lyft, Uber, taxi services; so, I think this was very much a case where a lot of community members, especially Venezuelan community members, saw themselves and it was very, very close to home and very scary. I think there's just a fear swooping the community right now."
Delgado’s husband, Alvarez explained, traced his wife’s possible last movements using her phone.
"He followed the signal to a house in Decatur which apparently the signal was there for one hour and they take off and end up in a public storage in Covington Highway," Alvarez added.
Once there, her husband discovered a bloody face mask. He called police who found a body inside a nearby cabin in Gilmer County, which they later identified as Delgado.
Preliminary autopsy results weren’t immediately available from the Gilmer County Coroner on Tuesday.
Investigators believe the suspects may have fled the state. Colone may be traveling with her minor children and may be using the alias “Grace Beda,” according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Officials have released images of all the suspects.
Multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are now working on the open case.
“Authorities nationwide have been alerted about these individuals,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation added.
Authorities didn’t disclose any additional information. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation didn’t immediately respond to questions about the case on Tuesday.
Delgado was a mother of two, family friends said. She became a grandmother about a year ago.
"That is a human being, a mother, a wife, a sister,” Diana Alvarez, Delgado’s friend, told WXIA-TV.
Anybody with information related to Delgado’s murder, including the whereabouts of Colone, Ayala-Rodriguez, Garcia or Barbosa-Juarez are urged to phone the Georgia Bureau of Investigation tip line at 1-800-597-8477.
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