An Argentine model was found dead in her apartment in Mexico. Authorities ruled the tragic death a suicide. However, the woman's family believes she was murdered, and they say they know who killed her.
Agostina Jalabert, 31, was found dead around 7 a.m. on Feb. 18 in her apartment in the tourist hotspot of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Agostina's 21-year-old sister, Candela Jalabert, found the model dead in the bathroom.
Before entering the apartment, security reportedly informed Candela that police recently visited her sister's home after neighbors informed authorities that they heard screaming on two occasions.
Candela attempted to enter the apartment by using a security code, but it didn't work that day. The sister began frantically banging on the front door. Agostina's boyfriend, Juan Reverter, answered the door and said that Jalabert was sleeping.
MEAWW reported that Jalabert's father, Edgardo Jalabert, told Argentine news network TN, "Candela was about to leave the apartment but Agostina’s dog caught her attention and guided her to the bathroom where she found her sister sitting in the bathtub with a towel wrapped around her hands. This character said he was sleeping when Candela arrived and asked for his sister."
"The dog, Bruna, led her to the bathroom, and there they found Agostina hanging from the towel rack, sitting or semi-sitting, (a few feet) from the floor," the father said, adding that she had "injuries of all kinds."
Agostina's uncle, Germán Jalabert, told the news website Pagina 12 that his niece wasn't suicidal, and it seemed improbable that she could kill herself in the position that she was found.
"The towel rack was about (four feet) from the floor. It's hard to think that a person can hang from a height lower than their height," Germán explained.
He said that Candela attempted to revive her unresponsive sister, but it was too late because she was already dead.
The uncle criticized Mexican authorities for their investigation into the sudden death of Agostina Jalabert.
"None of the basic protocols were applied to investigate and find out the real causes of his death," Germán said. "The boyfriend was not arrested, his phone was not seized, nor were toxicological tests carried out, nor was it verified if he had any injuries."
The family suspects that the boyfriend murdered Agostina.
Edgardo said, "The autopsy, according to the lawyer, reveals that this is a femicide due to the injuries my daughter has."
Betina Teuly, the family's lawyer, proclaimed that "there is sufficient evidence" to prove that Jalabert was murdered by Reverter.
However, Mexican authorities have not prosecuted Reverter.
Teuly has urged Argentina's Foreign Ministry to convince Mexican authorities to reclassify the case from a suicide to a femicide. The Mexican prosecutor's office is reportedly still investigating the unexpected death.
Reverter has reportedly not been seen since Jalabert's death.
According to El Pais, Edgardo said, "Now he's gone and we don't know his whereabouts. He never contacted us to give an explanation, since he was the person with whom he [Agostina] lived for the last two months."
Teuly said Reverter "ran like a coward."
The family believes Reverter may have fled to Asia, San Francisco, or Canada — where he once lived.
Edgardo Jalabert said Agostina broke up with Reverter in June 2021, but the couple reunited in December 2022, and he moved in with her around Christmas.
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