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Woman found in woods died of strangling

A Massachusetts woman whose body was found in the woods in the town of Washington October 25 died of homicidal strangulation, authorities say.

The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has informed the Vermont State Police of the final determination on cause and manner of death for 23-year-old Tanairy “Tanya” Velazquez Estrada.

The medical examiner identified the cause of death as asphyxia due to strangling, and the manner of death as a homicide.

Velazquez Estrada was reported missing by her mother to police in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Velazquez Estrada’s mother said she had not heard from her daughter in more than a week. Fitchburg police contacted law enforcement in Vermont at about the same time the victim’s body was discovered in the town of Washington.

VSP’s investigation into this incident remains active and ongoing. Anyone who might have information that could assist the state police is asked to call the Berlin barracks at 802-229-9191, or provide an anonymous tip online at

No additional information is available at this time.


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