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By: Ashlei KingFOX San AntonioSAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio family is searching for answers after a teenager is found dead under a bridge. The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the girl Natalie Chavez, 15. Medical experts said she died from asphyxia.Friends and family held a vigil on Saturday afternoon in the very spot where the teen was found."We're going to miss her. We know she's here with us in spirit," Carlos Johnson said. Johnson is Chavez's step father. Chavez was found dead on Thursday under a bridge on Vera Cruz Street near Zarzamora. Police say she was naked, had scars on her legs and her clothes were scattered nearby."This is so sad," Crystal Esquivel, Chavez's friend, said. "Nobody deserves to have this happen to them especially at a young age. She was a really good person and had a really good heart."Esquivel wrote an endearing note on a balloon before releasing it into the sky."I don't know what she was doing over here and so late at night and with nobody with her, but we're all here for you Natalie and you're never going to be forgotten," Esquivel said as she fought back tears.Police as well as Chavez's family are still trying to figure out why the teenager was on the west side of town late at night.Chavez's step father said she ran away from home in September. They hadn't heard from her until the morning she was found dead."She left a message that morning at three in the morning on my wife's phone that she wanted to come home, she was sorry and she loved everyone," Johnson said.He said they got the message after Chavez's body was already discovered under the bridge.If you have any information about Chavez's death, please immediately contact the SAPD Homicide Unit at 210-207-7635 or contact CRIME STOPPERS by calling 210-224-STOP (7867) or CLICK HERE to submit a tip online.
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