Paraguay senator drowning seems unintended, officers say

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Authorities investigating the obvious drowning loss of life of a senator in Paraguay say indicators level to an unintended trip-and-fall adopted by drowning, however emphasize the investigation stays open as they await the outcomes of a toxicology report.

Paraguayan authorities discovered the physique of Sen. Zulma Ramona Gómez Cáceres, 61, within the Acaray Lake Sunday morning subsequent to her nation home situated in Ciudad del Este, within the Alto Paraná division.

“All signs point to an accidental event,” prosecutor Cinthia Leiva, who oversees the investigation into the senator’s loss of life, stated in an interview with a neighborhood radio station Monday morning.

Pablo Lemir, the coroner who examined the senator’s physique, stated that there have been “no signs of either a fight, nor defense, nor anything of the sort,” and there was no proof of any “blows to the face.”

The accidents situated in Gómez’s our bodies “are compatible with a fall,” Lemir stated.

The water across the dock the place Gómez apparently drowned has a depth of some seven to eight meters (23 to 26 ft), Leiva stated.

For now, “the cause of death has all the characteristic of an asphyxiation,” Lemir stated, including that the outcomes of the toxicology report would doubtless be out there throughout the subsequent three weeks.

The senator from the Authentic Liberal Radical Party (PLRA) had taken a mattress to the dock of the nation residence on Saturday night time and instructed relations she wished to be alone.

“She was in the habit of going to sleep there in the dock,” Leiva stated. “She told her granddaughter she wanted to reflect, she wanted to think.”

At round 2:30 a.m., relations weren’t in a position to find the senator and alerted authorities.

Danel Rojas López will probably be sworn-in to take over Gómez’s seat within the Senate on Thursday.

“We would like to be guided by what the investigation that has already been carried out says. Anyone can have an accident, right?” Sen. Fernando Lugo, the vice chairman of the Senate, instructed journalists on Monday. “It’s profoundly painful for the Senate, for the PLRA and surely also for her family.”