- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A Dalton man “more than likely” will face an upgraded charge from aggravated assault following the death of a woman who he brought and left at a hospital emergency room, a sheriff’s office captain said.

Capt. Rick Swiney said the body of Myrna Rosales, 41, of Dalton will be taken to the state crime lab for an autopsy and any upgraded charge will depend on what is found.

Swiney said in a press release that the sheriff’s office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating Rosales’ death on Monday. He said she was brought to the Hamilton Medical Center emergency room on Saturday at approximately 1:15 a.m. and was unconscious. The man who brought her there, David Emmanuel Rivera Zavala, 28, of 1402 Classic Chase Drive, told hospital staff he found her lying at the bottom of his front porch stairs. He eventually left the hospital.

Hospital staff determined the woman’s injuries were not consistent with someone falling down stairs and notified the sheriff’s office, which began an investigation.

Investigators determined that Rosales and Zavala argued before she was brought to the hospital. They could not find Zavala, and learned he had relatives in Aurora, Ill. Authorities there were notified to be on the lookout for Zavala and he was taken into custody.

On Sunday a sheriff’s office crime scene technician and a special agent with the GBI traveled to Aurora to process Zavala’s vehicle and interview him.


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