A Catholic school teacher and mother found murdered in the trunk of her car outside the Toronto apartment building where she once lived was suffocated to death, an autopsy Friday confirmed.

Consuelo Valencia-Russo, 44, was found slain Wednesday afternoon after she failed to return to her home following a hair appointment Tuesday morning.

Investigators said they believe the murder happened at the condo building next door, where her ex-husband Carillo Baquero either lives or owns a unit.

On Friday, police ripped through Baquero’s unit, seizing clothing and other items from an array of garbage bins. Police said Baquero is not a suspect.

The unit was apparently being used, possibly by two other men.

“The cause of death is suffocation,” Toronto homicide Det.-Sgt. Terry Brown. But he wouldn’t say if there were other types of wounds.

Brown wouldn’t confirm any details about the person or persons he and partner Det. Peter Code are hunting in the city’s 27th murder of the year.

He refused to release any details about the suspect Friday night but said information about “an interest in someone” is expected to be released Saturday, including possible information about an arrest warrant.

Brown said detectives are looking outside the country for their killer.

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