Death of East Haven mother whose body was found behind Branford restaurant ruled homicidal asphyxiation

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The Chief State Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of an East Haven mother, whose body was found behind a Branford restaurant in July, as homicidal asphyxiation.

Police found the body of 27-year-old Lizzbeth Aleman-Popoca buried in a shallow grave near a dumpster, behind LoMonaco’s Ristorante Italiano. She had been missing for two weeks before her body was found there.

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Aleman-Popoca’s husband, Jonathan Jara, worked as a cook at that restaurant for at least seven years. The couple’s 7-year-old daughter had woken up on July 1 to discover that her mother was missing.

Aleman-Popoca’s body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. On Wednesday, they said following an autopsy her death has been ruled as homicidal asphyxiation.

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Police have not made any arrests at this time.

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