The shooting death of a newly appointed Honduran anti-corruption investigator was murder and not suicide, the country’s director of forensic medicine said Monday.
Sherill Yubissa Hernandez, 29, was found dead in her apartment from gunshot wounds on June 10.
She had been appointed two weeks earlier to lead an anti-corruption commission within the national Criminal Investigation Technical Agency.
She was based in Copan, near the border with Guatemala. The region is known for its drug gangs.
Initial reports from Hernandez’s agency said she committed suicide.
But the Director of Forensic Medicine for Honduras, Julissa Villanueva, told Telesur news that forensic evidence showed Hernandez was murdered.
“The ruling says it is a homicide and not a suicide,” Villanueva said Monday.
There was no forced entry into Hernandez’s apartment, neighbors said. Her family told reporters she was happy about her new job.
Villanueva and her forensic team have received death threats “for presenting the evidence that shows that Hernandez was murdered,” Telesur said.
“I’m sorry that there are those who want to discredit the scientific forensic evidence,” Villanueva said.
La Prensa reported on June 26 that the U.S. FBI was helping investigate Hernandez’s death.
Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog.