They conclude a new autopsy on a young woman who died in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Mexican authorities on Saturday completed a new autopsy on the body of a young woman found dead in April at a motel cistern in northern Mexico. The new assessment seeks to clarify a matter that has sparked intense controversy.

Officials from the attorney general’s office in the northern state of Nuevo León, federal officials and a Guatemalan coroner participated in several hours of new expert reports on Debanhi Escobar’s body, which were taken out Friday for evaluation.

The body of 18-year-old Escobar was located inside a motel cistern on April 21, 13 days after his family reported him missing after exiting a taxi on a highway near downtown Monterey.

The young woman’s father, Mario Escobar, explained in a video broadcast on YouTube on Saturday that the new autopsy ended at 4 a.m., adding that he hopes it will help “close the cycle in which we are calm, until now. And leave Debanhi also alone.”

After evaluation, the girl’s body was handed over to her parents for burial at a cemetery on the outskirts of Monterey on Saturday afternoon.

The Nuevo León prosecutor’s office indicated that it would release the results of the autopsy once the homologation expert’s opinion was concluded.

Nuevo León state’s prosecutor for women, Griselda Nez, said in May that officials decided it was necessary to exhume the young woman’s remains because of the different results from the two studies.

Nez said that initially Escobar had died of a head injury, but apparently when she entered the tank she was alive and had no water in her lungs. Another forensic analysis of the original autopsy requested by the family concluded that the young woman had been raped and murdered.

The location of the body and the irregularities in the search and investigation condemned by the family drew much attention to the case and determined the intervention of the federal government.

As with other types of crime in the country, the murders of women in Mexico have a high rate of impunity and it is only on occasions that the requests of the victims’ families have made it possible to reach the truth.

According to federal government data, murders of women, or cases reported as gender-based homicides, have increased from 977 in 2020 to 1,015 in 2021, although the total number of female homicides remains much higher.