State Chief Medical Examiner releases cause of death of teen found dead in apartment basement in Manchester


MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — Manchester police are investigating after a 13-year-old girl was found dead in the basement of an apartment building on Olcott Street.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have ruled this case to be a homicide.

Family has identified the 13-year-old as Zaniya Wright and provided a picture.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said the cause of her death was compression of the neck which means she was strangled.

Photo provided by family

An active investigation is underway, Lt. Ryan Shea of the Manchester Police Department said in an update Friday morning. Shea called this “a tragic situation.”

Shea said a mother called police at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, reporting to police her daughter was missing.

It is not known at this time if she was a resident of the apartment building on Olcott Street.

The cause and manner of death have not been determined at this time. Police are collecting surveillance videos for evidence.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Manchester Police at (860) 645-5500.

News 8 will update this story as more information comes in.

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