A young woman was found dead outside her family’s home in Austin, Minn., and a person of interest was arrested nearby, authorities said Tuesday.
The body of 18-year-old Erica Manzano was found by her father about 8:45 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of 8th Avenue SW., and he called law enforcement, police said.
Officers arrived and spotted a 20-year-old man on the home’s roof, according to police. He fled briefly and was apprehended on suspicion of violating probation. Police said he is not being held in connection with Manzano’s death.
“We do believe they were acquaintances,” said Police Chief David McKichan.
The chief said there were no obvious signs of Manzano suffering from any trauma or violence in the time leading up to her death. He also said she did not fall from the roof and probably died overnight.
Police are now awaiting a “missing piece of the puzzle,” namely toxicology test results, in order to get closer to determining a cause of death, McKichan said.
Manzano was a senior at Austin High School, according to her online obituary. The notice said she enjoyed photography and singing in the choir.