Six individuals, five adults and one juvenile, have been arrested and charged with murder after the body of a woman was found in the trunk of a car parked outside a popular spa in Duluth, Georgia. The suspects, who referred to themselves as members of a religious group called "Soldiers of Christ," have been identified as Eric Hyun, Gawom Lee, Joonho Lee, Juoonhyum Lee, Hyunji Lee, and a 15-year-old. The victim, whose identity has not been released, was starved and beaten for weeks before her death, with the starvation believed to have started on August 3rd. It is not yet clear when she died.
The investigation began on Tuesday night when someone reported the discovery of the body outside Jeju, a Korean spa and sauna. However, authorities have stated that the spa does not appear to be involved in the incident. Eric Hyun, who is believed to have been the driver of the car containing the victim's body, parked the vehicle early Tuesday and called a relative to pick him up. The relative then transported Hyun to a hospital in the Atlanta area for unrelated injuries. While at the hospital, Hyun asked the family member to retrieve a personal item from the vehicle. It was then that the family member discovered the woman's body in the trunk and immediately called 911.
Following this discovery, the investigation led detectives to execute a search warrant for a home in unincorporated Lawrenceville, which has ties to Eric Hyun. Detectives believe that the crime occurred in the basement of this home. Randy Adams, a neighbor, reported that he rarely saw the suspects who moved into the home about a year ago. However, he did witness them standing in a circle on Tuesday night, the same night the body was discovered. Adams described the scene as “weird” and remarked on the close bond among the suspects.
The victim's family is from South Korea, and death notifications have not yet been made. Detectives believe that the victim moved to the United States from South Korea in the summer to join the religious organization known as "Soldiers of Christ," the same group that the suspects claimed to belong to. The exact cause of death is still under investigation, but the medical examiner's office believes that malnourishment may have contributed to her death. The victim's body weighed approximately 70 pounds when discovered by detectives.
All six suspects are currently in custody, facing charges of felony murder, false imprisonment, tampering with evidence, and concealing the death of another. They are being held without bond. It is unknown at this time if any of the suspects have legal representation. As the investigation continues, authorities are working to gather more information and evidence surrounding this tragic incident.