ME: Shaniesha Forbes a Homicide Victim

According to a New York Times report, the city Medical Examiner's office has determined, after a second autopsy, that high school freshman Shaniesha Forbes, whose naked body was found on Gerritsen Beach on January, was a homicide victim.

The cause of death was "homicidal asphyxiation", a method that apparently left virtually no marks on the body.

Drugs, alcohol and burning were ruled out as possible causes of death.

A high school freshman at the Academy for Young Writers in Williamsburg, Shaniesha lived with her family on Avenue I in East Flatbush.

She had been reported as a runaway two days before her body was discovered -- several miles from her home.

Some of her partially-burned clothing was found in nearby bushes.

No suspect has been named.

The article from the New York Times.

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