By Gus Saltonstall
Ana Asencio, 84, was found unresponsive by police officers in her West 93rd Street apartment near Columbus Avenue on July 17, 2023, an NYPD spokesperson told West Side Rag on Thursday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time, there was no “criminal determination” related to her death, the spokesperson said.
However, in recent weeks, Asencio’s death was determined by the chief medical examiner to have been a homicide. Police and the chief medical examiner’s office did not explain why the homicide determination had only just been made. NYPD told the New York Daily News that Asencio was found with bruising to her neck and injuries to her head.
No arrests have been made, but police also told the Daily News that Asencio had been a victim of elder abuse. A longtime public school teacher, she lived in the apartment with her son.
“She didn’t deserve this,” Migdalia Rodriguez, 72, a resident of the same Upper West Side building told the Daily News. “She wasn’t in her right mind but she was a lovely lady.”
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