MEXICO CITY — Investigators stated Monday that one other post-mortem of a younger lady whose mysterious loss of life shocked Mexico has proven that she died of asphyxia by suffocation resulting from “obstruction of respiratory orifices.”
The post-mortem outcomes didn’t specify what had blocked her nostril and mouth. The 18-year-old Debanhi Escobar was discovered lifeless in April in a partly-filled underground water holding tank of a motel close to the northern metropolis of Monterrey.
Dr. Felipe Takajashi, the top of Mexico Metropolis’s forensic service, stated the most recent post-mortem on the lady’s exhumed physique confirmed no indicators of sexual violence. He stated she died three to 5 days earlier than her physique was discovered.
Escobar was discovered lifeless days after getting out of a taxi on a darkish freeway. The case made headlines due to a haunting photograph taken by the driving force who was purported to get her dwelling that evening. The motive force stated she acquired out of the automobile of her personal accord, and stated he took the photograph to show she was alive when he left her.
The photograph touched hearts all through Mexico: a younger lady standing alone at evening on the facet of a freeway, carrying a skirt and high-top sneakers. The picture appeared to talk of the super vulnerability, and the self-assuredness — or desperation — of the lady.
Authorities determined that an exhumation was crucial following differing outcomes from two preliminary research.
Nuevo Leon state’s head medical expert initially stated Escobar died from a blow to the top, however was apparently alive when she entered the cistern and there was no water in her lungs.
However one other forensic evaluation of the unique post-mortem requested by Escobar’s household concluded that she had been sexually assaulted and murdered.
Her father, Mario Escobar, has stated prosecutors informed him surveillance digicam footage prompt the driving force inappropriately touched his daughter.
The case has been shrouded in thriller. Elements of the motel had beforehand been searched a number of instances earlier than her physique was lastly discovered solely after a motel worker reported a foul odor coming from the cistern.
Video from the motel’s safety cameras prompt Escobar had entered the motel and wandered round, finally strolling off digicam within the route the place three cisterns are positioned close to a swimming pool.
Some stories had prompt the lady might have fallen into one of many cisterns and died by accident. Prosecutors stated her physique was present in one tank, her purse in one other, and her cellphone and keys have been present in a 3rd tank.