Officials are further investigating the mysterious death of a former Miss Uruguay beauty queen, and believe the building where she was found dead in was actually a base for human traffickers after ruling her death was a suicide.
Fatimih Dávila, who won the South American nation’s pageant in 2006, was found hanging in the bathroom of a room the early morning of May 2.
On Wednesday, the Mexico City Attorney General’s office ruled the 31-year-old woman’s death a suicide.
Investigators also revealed they found several indications that revealed that the building located in the iconic mid-century neighborhood of Napoles was not a hotel.
Instead it functioned as a house where victims were forced to have sex with its paying clientele.
However, it was still looking into whether Dávila killed herself or if was indeed murdered by individual[s] who set up the crime scene.
‘It is classified as suicide, but I asked that an [investigation] be initiated because it is a woman who had just arrived, who participated in beauty contests …,’ said Attorney General Ernestina Godoy, who was recently quoted by Mexican outlet El Informador.
Godoy also added that they will be further looking into Dávila’s driver, who was the only other person with keys to the apartment.
Mexico City police are planning on looking into the Public Property Registry to gain more information on the owners of the building.
On Tuesday night, Dávila’s body was handed over to her father and an Uruguayan to be flown back to her native country.
After winning the national pageant, Dávila went on to represent Uruguay in the 2006 Miss Universe pageant, held in Los Angeles.
Since then, she had apparently worked as a model.
The Mexico City district attorney’s office said Dávila had arrived in Mexico City on April 23 for a supposed job interview.
According to Dávila’s Instagram account, she was based in Mexico and worked as a model. The pictures of family and friends were accompanied by inspiration quotes, such as, ‘What we do today matters most’ and ‘Let’s start the year 2019 smiling and with good vibes.’
Uruguayan newspaper El Pais reported that Dávila was a featured subject in the 2012 published book written by Javier Benech titled ‘Sueños rotos: la trama oculta del modelaje, el fútbol y la televisión’ [‘Broken Dreams: the hidden plot of modeling, football and television’].
Dávila’s name came up in the second chapter of the book which mentions a 2011 undercover investigation into a prostitution ring in Uruguay that was operated by Jose Miguel Acosta, a public relations agent with close ties to Argentine model representative Luis Santos.
Dávila was reportedly recorded by investigators talking to Acosta in which she said that she had spoken to Santos about seeking other ways to ‘make myself better known.’
‘I was talking to Leandro [Santos] and he told me that it would be good if I got into something of that to [put myself in higher demand], to make myself better known, because nobody values the subject matter of Miss Uruguay.’
The model gave a court declaration in 2012 following the sting.
Santos was detained in 2017 and released from jail in December 2017 as long as he presented himself in court.
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