ASTORIA (WPIX)—Police are investigating the death of a young Queens woman, after her body was discovered inside her Astoria home Sunday evening.
According to police, the victim identified as 23-year-old Carmen Saldana-Mundo, was home alone for the weekend while her mother was working, cleaning houses in the Hamptons on Long Island.
The woman's mother, Susana Saldana, discovered her daughter's body in her bed when she got home late Sunday, police said.
Police officers arrived to the residence located at 47-17 30th Avenue at 9:53 p.m. after responding to a call about an unconscious person. Responding EMS personnel later pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
According to police sources, Saldana-Mundo was found with her pants down around her ankles while her skirt was pulled over her head.
Relatives claim the woman, who had several bruises all over her body, was sexually abused.
An autopsy conducted Monday afternoon by the medical examiner, ruled the death as homicidal asphyxia, meaning she was most likely strangled or smothered.
Saldana-Mundo was a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. Today her father, Juan Saldana, was at a loss for words.
"I don't know what happened," Juan Saldana told PIX News.
Carmen, who divorced shortly after marrying a few years back, had been sharing an apartment with her mother.
"Everything is confusing," said Saldana's cousin Juan Guerra. "After this loss the family is broken apart."
PIX News made several attempts to reach Cesar Quesada, the man who married Saldana in 2004, but could not reach him for comment.
A friend, however, said all she knew is that Saldana was dating again and recently broke up with a boyfriend.
Police asked the family for permission to access the two computers in the apartment, in hopes it may contain information that could shine some light on exactly what happened here. Authorities say it is possible Saldana recently met someone online or was chatting with someone before her body was found.