Who killed Alexandra Morales? Missing Georgia teacher's body found in Mexico
Alexandra Morales' boyfriend Fidel Barragan has been charged with her disappearance but might face additional charges later
The body of a 24-year-old Georgia woman, who went missing a few weeks ago, was found on the side of the road in Guadalajara, Mexico. Alexandra Morales, a first-grade teacher at Benefield Elementary School in Gwinnett County, Georgia, was reported missing by her family in the last week of October 2021. Her family members last heard from her on October 30, when she was spending her vacation in Mexico but they lost contact soon afterward.
Meanwhile, Mexican police have arrested Morales' boyfriend Fidel Barragan, 28, in connection with her mysterious disappearance and death. The Jalisco State Prosecutor's Office reported that Barragan was charged with crimes of aggravated disappearance but he might face additional charges if the investigation points towards a homicide. The local police also revealed evidence connecting Barragan to Morales' vehicle and the place where her body was found. "The Special Prosecutor for Missing Persons worked on an investigation folder related to a young woman of American origin who had come to this state to spend a few days. You can see some of the pictures that are there in view. They were able to obtain various evidence and request an arrest warrant against this subject," a senior official stated.
According to Morales' family, the Lawrenceville resident attended a concert of the musical group 'Coveted' on October 30, in Zapopan, near Guadalajara in Mexico. It was the last time they heard from her. They filed a missing report soon afterward, prompting the police in Mexico to launch an extensive search. Eventually, her body was found last week on a roadside in Guadalajara. Her brother Edwin confirmed the news of her death while speaking to CBS46 on Tuesday, November 16.
The Jalisco State Prosecutor's Office noted, “We are awaiting a series of opinions that will confirm precisely the circumstances of the event. The person has already been charged with disappearance. Once the corresponding opinions have been received, the accusation will be carried out for some other crime that could be femicide."
Meanwhile, Morales' family started a GoFundMe in her memory to raise funds for her funeral and related expenses. The GoFundMe description mentioned, "Alexa was adored by her parents and loved by her two brothers. She had a passion for adventure and traveling around the world was her joy. She was the most caring teacher to all of her students and her first-grade babies will miss her dearly. She was a loyal friend to many and a proud Hermana of our sorority, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc."
Shonda Gipson-Stevens, the principal at the school where Alexandra Morales taught, recently informed the students and their parents about her unfortunate death. "We were all very hopeful that they would find her and she would be returning safely, but that was not the case,” a school spokesperson said.