A missing teenager who was found dead on a San Francisco rue months ago could have been sexually assaulted when she died of a drug overdose, the city coroner recently revealed.
Victorria Moran-Hidalgo, a 16-year-old who grew up in and out of the foster care system, was found unresponsive in the 600 block of Minna Street in the early morning hours of February 18.
His death in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, known for homelessness and rampant drug addiction, was initially investigated as a suspected overdose, but under suspicious circumstances.
A recently released autopsy report confirmed his death was caused by multiple drugs in his system, including fentanyl, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
But how the teenager died has been classified as undetermined.
A witness called police on February 18 to report spotting the teenager “during a potential sexual assault.” When the caller got closer, the man who was with Moran-Hidalgo fled, according to a police report. The witness administered Narcan, an emergency medication used in an attempt to quickly reverse an opioid overdose, but the teenager did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead.
The medical examiner noted how her body was found partially undressed and in public view. Her legs and chest had some minor bruising, but she showed no signs of traumatic injury.
An autopsy found two copper-colored metal projectile fragments in her calf, indicating that she had previously suffered a gunshot wound. The swabs showed no signs of semen.
Moran-Hidalgo was reported missing in Stanislaus County by a social worker in September 2021. She was reported missing again in January from Kern County where she ran away from a group home.
The disturbing discovery of her half-naked body on a street caused public outcry at the time over San Francisco’s rampant drug problem. The police union has criticized liberal San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin for what he said are policies guaranteeing same-day release for an army of drug dealers and trivializing law enforcement for hold traffickers and gang leaders accountable.