Authorities have released the autopsy report on murdered Yale graduate student Annie Le, who went missing on Sept. 8, 2009. The state medical examiner says Annie Le died of traumatic asphyxiation by neck compression. Read more on Annie Le’s death below.
Traumatic asphyxiation is a severe compression of the thorax, or the chest, and is sometimes referred to as “crush asphyxiation”. This type of choking means intense pressure on the victim, almost like a python uses to kill its prey.
A short statement about the autopsy was released Wednesday by Dr. Wayne Carver’s office. The report comes three days after 24-year-old Annie Le was found hidden inside the basement wall of a Yale medical school research building.
Police have called Yale lab technician Raymond Clark III a “person of interest” in the case and have collected DNA and other physical evidence. No charges have been filed.
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