Alexandra Morales, 24, found dead on Mexico roadside after teacher last seen attending concert

ALEXANDRA Morales, an elementary school teacher, was found dead in Mexico after she was last seen attending a concert in October.

At least one person has been detained by authorities in connection to the case, according to multiple reports.


The Georgia teacher, 24, took a personal leave from her job last month and was first reported missing on October 30.

Morales's family members told WSB-TV that she had gone to Mexico in late October and was last seen attending a concert.

However, shortly afterwards, family members were unable to contact her.

She taught first grade at Benefield Elementary School in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

On Tuesday, officials at the school issued a letter to parents informing them that the young teacher was missing.

Later that day, the family let the school know that Morales had died, WSB reported.

"We were all very hopeful that they would find her and she would be returning safely but that was not the case," Sloan Roach, a spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public School District, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Authorities have not yet released any information about the person who was taken into custody.

The young teacher's cause of death is currently under investigation.

The school's principal, Shonda Gipson-Stevens told the Journal-Constitution that Morales had taken personal leave and was due to return to work last week before she was reported missing.

She had been teaching at the school since 2019.

'THE MOST CARING TEACHER'

A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Morales's family described the young teacher's close bond with her family and her love of travelling.

"Alexa was adored by her parents and loved by her two brothers," the page says.

"She had a passion for adventure and travelling 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."

Since news of her passing broke, those who knew Morales as a teacher have begun to speak out about the tragic loss.

"My heart sank," Maria Palacios, whose daughter was in Morales's first-grade class, told WGCL.

"She was so natural at it and the kids loved her. They had so much fun."

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