Death certificate indicates a teenager died of suffocation, strangulation

KALAMAZOO, Mich. Officials in west Michigan have ruled a 16-year-old girl is found dead in Kalamazoo was strangled. reported Tuesday that Mujey Dumbuya the cause of death was listed as “asphyxia, including strangulation” on the death certificate.

Dumbuya is partially clad body was found Jan. 28 in Kalamazoo, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from her Grand Rapids home. Her family last saw her alive on Jan. 24 and when they went to school.

James Quinn faces trial in Kent County Circuit Court on criminal sexual conduct charges. James is accused of sexually assaulting Dumbuya last summer.

He was arrested in November and was released on bond. The authorities picked him up on Feb. 1 on a non-related 2014 sexual assault charges. says Dumbuya was to testify against James, which has not yet been charged in her death.

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