Washington medical examiner report says father, 2 daughters died of starvation in December

KING COUNTY, Wash. — A Washington medical examiner found that a father and his two daughters who were found dead in their apartment last December was from starvation.

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According to KIRO, Manuel Gil, 33, Adriana, 17, and Mariel, 16, were found dead in their King County apartment in December. The co-owner of the duplex they were living in did a wellness check on them after not seeing them for a few days. The girl’s mother was worried about their well-being after not hearing from them for some time.

It was determined by the medical examiner that the two girls died on December 5 and that Manuel died five days later on December 10, according to KIRO. Police were unable to find any evidence of foul play, forced entry, drug use or possible carbon monoxide poising.

However, there was no food found at the home and officers located paperwork about fasting during their investigation. Investigators completed toxiciology tests to see if anything else is going on. According to KIRO, those tests found that all three hadn’t been eating.

The girl’s mother, Betsy Alvarado, told KIRO that their father was part of the Black Hebrew Israelities where some parts of that religion is listed as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League. Alvarado believed Manuel was brainwashing their children and called Child Protective Services in the past.

According to KIRO, Manuel’s death has been ruled as a suicide and the girls were both undetermined due to lack of knowledge about how their state of mind and intent was before they died.