Police charge Deri Bonaventura-Flores and Hali Karlan in death of missing 16-year-old
Deri Bonaventura-Flores, 19, and Hali Karlan, 20 charged in the death of Elijah Smith

The Alpharetta Police Department say they have charged two people in the murder of a missing Alpharetta teenager.

Deri Bonaventura-Flores, 19, and Hali Karlan, 20, have been charged in the murder of 16-year-old Elijah Smith.

Police say Karlan and Flores met with Smith at an Extended Stay hotel in Alpharetta on Tuesday June 13. Shortly after the three left the hotel in a vehicle that night and, shortly after, Smith was shot and killed inside the vehicle on Old Milton Parkway near the hotel.

Police say Karlan and Flores then drove Smith's body to Twiggs County and placed in a rural wooded area off of Glover Road near Interstate 16.

Elijah Smith had recently been added to the missing persons alert list, and was last seen by his mother.

Authorities located the body two days later after receiving a tip about the crime on June 15. Police also located the vehicle in which they believe Smith was killed at an address in Sandy Springs and transferred to Alpharetta for processing.

Hali Karlan, 20, met with Smith at an Extended Stay hotel in Alpharetta on Tuesday. (Courtesy Fulton County)

Deri Bonaventura-Flores, 19, met with Smith at an Extended Stay hotel in Alpharetta on Tuesday.

Karlan, of Norcross, is currently in the Fulton County jail. Flores, of Rosewll, is currently in the Polk County jail on an unrelated charge.

Detectives are still determining the exact motive in the murder.

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By Pius-Aghadiuno 06/18/2017 15:56:00