Police identify woman whose body was found in Washington

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WASHINGTON — Vermont State Police identified a woman whose body was found in Washington yesterday.

Tanairy “Tanya” Velazquez Estrada, 23, who lived most recently in Barre, was reported missing by her mother to police in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on Wednesday.

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.

An autopsy was performed today at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington.

Police say a determination of the cause and manner of Velazquez Estrada’s death is pending toxicology testing, which can take several weeks to several months.

Police are continuing to treat this death as suspicious, and the investigation remains active and ongoing.

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