A missing Brookhaven woman has been found dead on Drowning Creek Road in Dacula, GA, 30 miles from her home.

Aimee Lafakis, 48, was last seen on Sept. 28, and her boyfriend Brandon Wineinger, 43, has been arrested and charged with her murder.

Lafakis was a mother of two daughters and has three surviving sisters. Lafakis’ family and friends contacted Brookhaven Police Department on Sept. 29, and investigators began questioning those close to her.   

Wineinger was arrested and charged on Oct. 1 with four felonies: kidnapping, burglary, giving false statements, and tampering with evidence.

He remained in DeKalb County jail until Oct. 6, when the Gwinnett County Police Department announced that Wineinger has been charged with malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.

When Lafakis was reported missing more than a week ago, the Brookhaven Police Criminal Investigations Division responded to the home of Wineinger in reference to her disappearance.

Brandon Wineinger

“Wineinger was interviewed at police headquarters and over the course of the interview, made several statements that were proven to be false,” BPD said, adding he was taken to DeKalb County Jail.  

The next day, Oct. 1, Brookhaven investigators received notification that the body of a deceased female had been located in Gwinnett County. Both  GCPD and Brookhaven investigators responded to the location and confirmed the remains of Lafakis had been located.

Wineinger has a prior arrest record in Hall County which includes possession of a synthetic cannabinoid with intent to distribute.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

Logan C. Ritchie writes features and covers Brookhaven for Rough Draft Atlanta.