MURDER WEAPON: VanLo Cause Of Death

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A search warrant recently made public reveals the cause of death of Des Moines teen killed inside her home last summer.

In June, 18-year-old Judy VanLo was found unresponsive on her bedroom floor.

Medical examiner reports listed her cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head. The Des Moines Register reports officers found a crowbar lying on her bed partially covered by a pillow. 

Investigators say VanLo’s tissue matter was found on the crowbar. 

A week later, Texas authorities located and arrested VanLo’s boyfriend 19-year-old Raymond Benitez attempting to flee the country. 

Friends told Channel 13 VanLo was two-months pregnant at the time of her death.

Benitez’s trial is set to begin next month, he is charged with first degree murder.