An autopsy has found that the well-known Instagram model who was killed last week in Richmond died of strangulation and traumatic concussions, according to the Fort Bend County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Medical investigators have determined that Jenae Gagnier’s death last week was a homicide, said Stephen Pustilnik, the chief medical examiner for the county. She died of strangulation and traumatic concussions, Pustilnik said.
Gagnier, 33, was better known as Miss Mercedes Morr on Instagram, where she had more than 2.6 million followers.
Richmond officers found Gagnier last Sunday when they responded to a welfare check and discovered two people dead inside the Cortland Apartments, an upscale complex in the 5200 block of Pointe West Circle, said Lt. Lowell Neinast, a spokesperson for the police department.
Investigators for the police department were not going to release any new information about the case as of Thursday afternoon, Neinast said.
The second person found at the scene was a Florida man named Kevin Alexander Accorto, 34, Neinast said.
Investigators at the time said they thought the incident was a case of murder-suicide, with Gagnier as the victim.
But experts with the medical examiner’s office this week said Accorto’s manner of death was not yet determined, because it needed additional investigation.
Accorto died of multiple sharp force trauma wounds, Pustilnik said. The office did not release a manner of death.
Investigators have said they do not believe Accorto and Gagnier had a relationship, Neinast said.
While investigators have not released an explanation of what might have led to Gagnier’s death, family members in other news publications have speculated Accorto might have been a social media follower who stalked Gagnier, according to an ABC13 article.
Gagnier was well-known in social media circles, so much so that the rapper Cardi B took to the internet last week to honor the model’s memory, calling her a sweetheart, according to a People article.