Body of missing Brookhaven mother found, police say

She was reported missing on Friday after nobody heard from her after 2 a.m. Brookhaven Police issued a “critical missing persons” alert for her on Sunday.
Published: Oct. 2, 2023 at 12:38 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2023 at 6:04 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The body of a missing Brookhaven woman has been found, police said.

Aimee Lafakis, 48, was reported missing on Friday after nobody heard from her after 2 a.m. Brookhaven Police issued a “critical missing persons” alert for her on Sunday.

On Sunday, Brookhaven investigators got word from the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office that the body of a woman had been located on Drowning Creek Road in Gwinnett County. Gwinnett County Police homicide and Brookhaven investigators responded to the location and confirmed the remains of Lafakis had been located.

Lafakis was a mother and grandmother.

Doug Adams, a family member, told Atlanta News First on Sunday that Lafakis was well-known and loved in her community and would do anything for her daughters.

“They need her,” Adams said on Sunday.

Brandon Wineinger was arrested in connection to Aimee Lafakis' disappearance, according to...
Brandon Wineinger was arrested in connection to Aimee Lafakis' disappearance, according to police.(DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

Police said they arrested Brandon Wineinger, a man Lafakis’ family said she briefly dated, after interviewing multiple family members and other people close to her. He was arrested and charged with giving false statements, kidnapping, burglary and tampering with evidence. Wineinger was transported to the Dekalb County Jail.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Brookhaven police tip line at (404) 637-0636 or Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-TIPS.