Police find body of missing 8-year-old, mother’s partner to be charged with murder

Gwinnett County police have confirmed the body of a missing 8-year-old has been found.

Nicole “Amari” Hall, who goes by Amari, was last seen by her mother at the Hometown Studios Hotel in Peachtree Corners. Her family said she has autism.

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Gwinnett County investigators said after doing an extensive search for Amari and talking to the girl’s mother and partner, they realized they were not dealing with a missing persons case anymore.

“We conducted an extensive search and there was no sign of Amari,” J. D. McCoy with the Gwinnett County Police Department said. “Additionally, we believed Amari at this point was not necessarily missing.”

Amari’s body was found around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Stone Mill Trace, near Stone Mountain Freeway in DeKalb County.

Police have ruled her death as homicide. Investigators will be charging the child’s mother’s partner, Celeste Owen, with murder.

Amari’s mother, Brittany Hall, will be charged with concealing the death of another.

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