Adriana Coronado, the 14-year-old girl whose decomposing body was found by a gardener in a grassy field in west Houston on Wednesday, was positively identified by the medical examiner on Saturday. Adriana died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner’s office. Investigators believe that Adriana witnessed her father’s brutal murder and was shot later.
Adriana Coronado’s body was identified with the help of a bracelet that she was wearing, reports Click2 Houston on March 19. Authorities believe that the 14-year-old girl’s death is related to her father’s death.
The father-daughter duo had last been seen around 1 a.m. on Saturday in the Houston suburb of Katy where they lived. Adriana’s mother, who is currently in Mexico to have surgery, said that she spoke with her husband and daughter on the phone on Friday evening and that the two were together and “seemed to be happy.” Adriana had planned to have some of her friends over to the house on Saturday, but when the friends arrived, Adriana or her father were nowhere to be found.
According to authorities, the Texas teen was most likely kidnapped after her father, Ceaser Coronado, was brutally shot to death and then torched. Investigators found the badly burned body of Adriana’s father on Sunday around noon lying near a ditch on County Road 2989 near I-45 in Walker County, about 80 miles north of Houston. It is unknown what the father and daughter were doing there.
“Investigators believe Adriana might have been with her father, Caesar Vladimir Coronado, when he was killed.”
Investigators are hoping that a surveillance video from that scene will provide a clue as to who killed Adriana and her father and why.
“The Walker County’s Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video Thursday of a person of interest leaving the father’s truck in Conroe on Sunday night. The truck is driven off screen and a few seconds later, a burst of light can be seen coming from the direction of the truck. Authorities believe the burst of light was when the truck was set on fire. The man can be seen running away from the direction of the truck and later seen running down an alley.”
The person of interest seen in the surveillance video is being described as a heavyset Hispanic man who is seen running away from the victims’ truck. Walker County Sheriff Clint McCrae is hoping that the video will help to find some answers in the mysterious death of Ceaser Coronado and Adriana Coronado.