Debanhi Escobar: New autopsy reveals that she was murdered and suffered sexual violence

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Debanhi Escobar was murdered and sexually abused before she died, as revealed by the second forensic report requested by the family, to which El País has had access.

This opinion rules out the hypothesis of a possible accident of the young woman that the Prosecutor’s Office of the northern state of Nuevo León has suggested in recent weeks.

The 18-year-old girl disappeared on April 9 and her body was found almost two weeks later in a cistern at the Nueva Castilla Motel, on the outskirts of the capital Monterrey, and she was hit several times with a “blunt agent” on the head and died before reaching the water tank.

This is a violent homicidal death”, concludes the text. And the body presented “traces of a violent sexual relationship.”

The case Debanhi it has become a symbol of the disappearances and murders of women in Mexico and has opened deep cracks in a collapsed justice system.

The Prosecutor’s Office integrated this information into the investigation folder, although the details about his death had not been revealed until the Spanish media released it tonight.

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Since the discovery of the body, on April 21, the Prosecutor’s Office has only reported on the cause of death: cerebral contusion. She did not mention, however, more details about whether or not she had suffered abuse, if she had drowned or had already fallen dead into the water cistern of the Monterrey motel.

The absence of official information made it possible to justify the hypothesis that Debanhi had fallen prior to walking alone near said cistern.

Escobar’s family, for their part, reported that they had more doubts than certainties. It was then that his father, Mario Escobar, requested a second autopsy and later handed it over to the authorities: that is the document to which this newspaper has had access.

The information provided by the second forensic opinion showed that Debanhi Escobar’s body showed signs of sexual violence, a fact that was not mentioned in the first autopsy.

According to this second autopsy, Debanhi had more head injuries and not just one, as the conclusion of the first public autopsy seemed to suggest.

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