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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Mexico: 18-year-old woman dies of suffocation “by obstruction”

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Investigators said Monday that another autopsy of a young woman whose mysterious death has shocked Mexico showed she died of suffocation due to “obstruction of the respiratory tract” .

The autopsy results did not reveal what caused the blockage of his nose and mouth. 18-year-old Debanhi Escobar was found dead in a partially filled underground water holding tank of a motel near the northern city of Monterey in April.

The head of Mexico City’s forensic service, Dr. Felipe Takazashi, said the latest autopsy on the woman’s exhumed body showed no signs of sexual violence. He died three to five days before the body was found, they said.

Escobar was found dead a few days after getting out of a taxi on a dark highway. The matter came into limelight due to a haunting picture taken by the driver who was supposed to take her home that night. The driver said she got out of the car of her own free will, adding that she took the photo to prove she was alive when she left him.

This photo touched hearts across Mexico: a young woman standing alone at night wearing a skirt and high-top sneakers on a highway. The image seems to speak of the woman’s tremendous vulnerability, and self-assurance – or desperation.

Officials decided that an excavation was necessary after two preliminary studies had differing results.

The chief medical examiner of Nuevo León state initially said Escobar had died of a head injury, but apparently she was alive when she entered the tank and had no water in her lungs.

But another forensic analysis of the original autopsy requested by Escobar’s family concluded that she had been sexually assaulted and murdered.

Her father, Mario Escobar, has said prosecutors told him that surveillance camera footage showed the driver inappropriately touched his daughter.

The matter is shrouded in mystery. Parts of the motel had been searched several times before the body was found after a motel employee reported foul smell emanating from the tank.

Video from the motel’s security cameras shows Escobar had entered the motel and wandered around, eventually following the camera in the direction where three pools are located near a swimming pool.

Some reports suggested that the woman may have fallen into a pool and accidentally died. Prosecutors said her body was found in one tank, her handbag in another, and her cellphone and keys were found in a third tank.

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