Young Mexican Debanhi Escobar died of asphyxia by obstruction: autopsy
Monterrey, Mexico, Jul 18 (EFE).- An 18-year-old Mexican woman found dead in a motel cistern in Nuevo León in April died of asphyxia by suffocation, forensic authorities reported Monday.
Debanhi Escobar died of asphyxia by suffocation due to “obstruction of respiratory orifices,” Felipe Edmundo Takahashi, the director of the Institute of Forensic Sciences of the Superior Court of Justice of Mexico City, told a press conference.
Relaying the results of this third forensic report, Takahashi said that Escobar died three to five days before her body was found, that there is no evidence of sexual violence, and “suffocation by submersion is ruled out.”
The first autopsy carried out by the Nuevo León Prosecutor’s Office determined that Escobar had died of a “deep skull contusion.”
Another analysis of the original autopsy was carried out upon request from Escobar’s family and concluded she had been sexually abused and murdered, according to El Pais, which had access to the report.
The young woman’s father, Mario Escobar, told reporters on July 1 when they exhumed the remains of his daughter, that the family wanted the truth.
He was confident that the new forensic opinion would reveal the true cause of Escobar’s death, since the family does not agree with the expert opinion of the Nuevo León Prosecutor’s Office.
The young woman’s father said that either later Monday or Tuesday the family would issue a statement on the results.
The Mexican government has promised to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of Escobar, who disappeared on Apr. 9, and whose body was found on the outskirts of Monterrey, on Apr. 21.
The death of the young woman caused outrage after the last photo of her – standing on the side of a highway after being abandoned by a taxi driver – went viral, and due to the alleged failures of the Nuevo León Prosecutor’s Office, which first investigated the case as an accident.
In mid-May, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met with Escobar’s parents and promised that there will be no impunity in the case.
It is estimated that more than 10 women are murdered each day in Mexico. EFE