Dominican origin woman found dead in June in Connecticut in a house was strangled

NEW YORK. Nancy Patricia Rivas de la Cruz, 33, born in the Bronx and of Dominican origin who was found dead on June 12 in a house in West Haven (Connecticut), was strangled, according to the report revealed Wednesday by the Office of the Medical Examiner and Police.

The coroner ruled that Rivas’ death by strangulation was a homicide, the 17th to occur in New Haven so far this year.

It was explained that the autopsy was not conclusive so it was awaiting the opinion of the coroner on the official cause of death and the results were delivered this week due to the accumulation of corpses in the state morgues by the numerous fatal victims to cause of COVID-19.

Rivas’s family kept pressure on investigators and the coroner to expedite the investigations and begin a search for Nancy’s killers.

She was strangled in a house on Arthur Street on that date and the body found at the entrance, near a garbage can at 8:15 in the morning.

West Haven Police Captain Anthony Duff recalled that when Rivas’s body was found paramedics made an effort to revive her but it was unsuccessful.

In the obituary posted on the page of the funeral home where she was veiled, the family says that she was born in the Bronx and moved to New Haven where she had lived before her teens.

She was the daughter of Patricia de la Cruz and Virgilio Rafael Rivas.

The officer announced that an investigation has already been opened to find the whereabouts of the perpetrators of Patricia’s strangulation.

“She loved to dance, spend time with her children, and she loved to cook and eat great Latin food. Nancy was a woman of faith who prayed often and dedicated her life to helping others,” family members said in the obituary.

She left five children and two brothers, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, explains the funeral message.

Rivas was born in The Bronx on August 15, 1986.

Her children are Liliana Mercedes Stewart, Nasier Jeremiah Rivas, Essa Raheem Bennett, Ishmael Rivas, and Michael Rafael Gibbs and her brothers, Steven J. Rivas and Jeremy Rivas.

Steven said the family is deeply saddened by the death of his sister.

“Nancy died suddenly, tragically and worse inexplicably. We are asking for help from the community to get answers to this crime,” the brother had said in the days the body was found.

“We’re just trying to see if anyone saw anything that day,” he added.

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