The drowning of a Paraguayan senator appears to be accidental, officials say


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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Authorities investigating the apparent drowning death of a senator in Paraguay say signs point to an accidental trip and fall followed by drowning, but stress that the investigation remains open pending the results of the investigation. a toxicology report.

Paraguayan authorities found the body of Senator Zulma Ramona Gómez Cáceres, 61, in Lake Acaray on Sunday morning next to her country home in Ciudad del Este, Alto Paraná Department.

“All signs point to an accidental event,” prosecutor Cinthia Leiva, who is overseeing the investigation into the senator’s death, said in an interview with a local radio station Monday morning.

Pablo Lemir, the coroner who examined the senator’s body, said there was ‘no sign of a fight or tussling or anything like that’, and there was no evidence of “punches in the face”.

The injuries located in Gómez’s bodies “are consistent with a fall,” Lemir said.

The water around the dock where Gómez apparently drowned is about seven to eight meters (23 to 26 feet) deep, Leiva said.

At this time, “the cause of death has all the hallmarks of asphyxiation,” Lemir said, adding that the results of the toxicology report would likely be available within the next three weeks.

The Genuine Liberal Radical Party (PLRA) senator had brought a mattress to the country house dock on Saturday evening and told her family members that she wanted to be alone.

“She used to go to sleep over there on the dock,” Leiva said. “She told her granddaughter that she wanted to think, that she wanted to think.”

At around 2:30 a.m., family members were unable to locate the senator and alerted authorities.

On Thursday, Danel Rojas López will be sworn in to succeed Gómez’s seat in the Senate.

“We would like to be guided by what the investigation that has already been carried out says. Anyone can have an accident, right? Senator Fernando Lugo, vice president of the Senate, told reporters on Monday. “It is deeply painful for the Senate, for the PLRA and surely also for his family.”

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