Madera teen likely died of heat stroke, according to early autopsy results

Friday, September 13, 2013

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Madera Police Department said the autopsy results indicate that 14-year-old Graciela Martinez likely died from "environmental hyperthermia" -- also known as heat stroke.

The Police also said the older BMW that she was found in may have a feature that prevents the doors from being opened from the inside once the car is locked with a key. They also said the door locks appeared to be defective.

Investigators said they also found the horn did not work when the car was not on.

Police said 14-year-old Graciela Martinez had been taken to the hospital by her brother after he discovered her dead inside a vehicle Wednesday afternoon. Investigators said the girl had gone with her brother to school at Madera South High School. He had an early class and she stayed behind in the vehicle because her class started an hour later.

Police said after school, the brother went back to his car to find his sister in the back seat.