On August 22, 1997, a Caltrans worker attending to a broken guardrail off Highway 101 in Petaluma, California found the decomposing body of a young, African American woman just off the road. The woman was left nude.
Georgia was last seen the night of August 13. After the discovery of the young woman, and with no leads as to who she was, an anonymous tip was submitted stating the woman could be possibly Georgia. The deceased woman had braids and so did Georgia. Georgia also had not been seen or heard from for over a week which was unusual.
One of Georgia's friends is the only witness to the last time Georgia was seen alive. The friend stated that Georgia hung out with her the night of August 13. Georgia received a page on her pager and called the number back. Some time after, the friend walked Georgia to a nearby gas station where Georgia left with a man. The friend said Georgia later called her to tell her she would not be back for the night. The was the last contact Georgia made.
Due to the nature of decomposition, the coroner listed August 13, the last time Georgia was seen, as her date of death.
Georgia's body was held for nearly a year before being released for burial.
It has been more than two decades and her case still remains unsolved.
My family knows that God is working a miracle in Georgia's case and justice IS coming!!
Anyone with information please contact the Sonoma County's Sheriff's Department at (707) 565-2185 or you can submit an anonymous tip at http://www.sonomasheriff.org/silent-witness.
This angel statue was placed at a memorial created for Georgia. Due to highway reconstruction, the memorial was moved from Highway 101 in Petaluma, California to Petaluma City Hall.
We the people should not have to fight the justice system for justice!
In 1997, my sister was found on the side of the road. She was strangled, and so badly decomposed, that her dental records had to be used to identify her. My sister’s name is Georgia Leah Moses. She was 12 years old. I could go on and on about how the state of California failed my sister and my family but I’ll save that for another time. If you’re unfamiliar with my sister’s story, a quick Google search will pull up a plethora of stories on her.
Over the years, many attempts to the Sonoma County Police Department, Santa Rosa Police Department as well as other law enforcement entities, have been made to have this case reexamined, with very little help and often times no response. I truly believe all lives matter-as they should, but I am very aware for some, we have to fight for justice. It hurts me deeply to know my sister’s killer has not been caught, but it hurts me even more to know the people who are elected to help us and the people whose job is to serve and protect allow some people/cases to go unnoticed.
This is a new day. I have made it my mission to seek justice for my sister. I along with people from the city of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, the county of Sonoma, the state of California and countless others have rallied together to bring about change.
Twenty-three years ago, I would never have imagined, I would be pleading with political officials to care about my sister enough to give her case the proper due diligence of a thorough investigation. I would have never thought the amount of media attention and outcry would greatly differ between my family and another’s because of the color of our skin. This is not a Black Lives Matter rant, this is a reality check that although we are created equal, we are not all equal.
I can only pray that one day soon, I will get the necessary help to bring justice to my family and finally solve my sister’s murder.