ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WKMG) -- A medical examiner determined a Florida man died of asphyxiation, citing the manner of death as a homicide, after his girlfriend locked him in a suitcase, according to a report released Wednesday.
Sarah Boone was arrested on charges of second-degree murder in February after she was accused of zipping her boyfriend inside a suitcase during a game of hide-and-seek and leaving him to die as he called out her name and told her he couldn’t breathe.
They thought it would be funny if he got inside the suitcase, which he did willingly, the Orlando Sentinel reports. She used a paper clip to zip up the suitcase because the zipper was broken, the documents said.
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A post-mortem examination of Boone’s boyfriend, 42-year-old Jorge Torres Jr., revealed that he died of positional asphyxia with environmental suffocation consistent with prolonged confinement.
Boone told investigators that she and Torres drank alcohol during the night and she passed out in her bed.
Based on the medical examiner’s findings, they estimated that Torres had been in the suitcase for “up to 11 hours or more.” A report showed that Torres had a black eye and other bruises and cuts on his head. His back and hands also had abrasions, bruises and cuts, indicating blunt impacts around the body, according to the medical examiner.
Boone allowed investigators to search her phone through both verbal and written consent, and detectives found two videos on her phone where Torres can be heard from within the suitcase begging Boone to let him out, shouting that he couldn’t breathe. Boone could be heard in the videos laughing and telling Torres to “shut up" as he called her name.