Autopsy reveals woman was strangled, Sabrina Gianino was found dead in a home in Grosse Pointe Park

GROSSE POINTE PARK, MI (WXYZ) - An autopsy has revealed that a woman who was found dead in a Grosse Pointe Park home died from strangulation.

The young woman was found dead by her boyfriend.

7 Action News Investigator Scott Lewis has uncovered inside information about what police found at the scene.

Police had been calling the case a suspicious death before autopsy results were released.

The victim's boyfriend told police he found her body in the lower flat behind where neighbors say she spent most of her nights, sources tell us.

It was a few minutes after midnight when the body of 35-year-old Sabrina Gianino was found by her boyfriend, Bruce Hunsinger inside his flat on Wayburn Street.

Sources tell 7 Action News the body was found in a small room with a cat litter box and pet supplies. There was bruising around her face and neck and a small electrical cord was wrapped around her neck.

Gianino's close friend says she talked to Gianino's boyfriend this morning and that he told her he found the body about eight minutes after midnight.

"He looked worn down and tired. Of course he had been at the police station all night when I saw him this morning," said Bonnie Leone.

Leone also said she had not met Hunsinger before this morning, but she knows that he works at Marge's Bar, a popular Grosse Pointe Park watering hole.

While police investigated the scene on Wayburn, other officers went into Gianino's flat on Beaconsfield about a half mile away. They left with a handful of evidence folders and a computer bag. Neighbors said Gianino spent very little time at her flat on Beaconsfield and stayed most nights at her boyfriend's place.

Gianino worked as a receptionist at Platz Animal Hospital in Grosse Pointe Park. She is described as a nice quiet person who loved animals.

Leone said Sabrina was on Facebook shortly before she was found dead.

"And everything seemed wonderful with her, so, a little worried about her cat having an operation today and it's, you know, kind of a nightmare," Leone told 7 Action News Investigator Scott Lewis.

A source who was at the crime scene told 7 Action News that there was no evidence of a struggle in the flat and the place had not been ransacked.

Police wrapped Gianino's hands in plastic bags to preserve any potential evidence. The medical examiner will test to see if there had been any sexual activity prior to her death.

Gianino's boyfriend was released by Grosse Pointe Park Police early this morning.  It's not unusual for police to extensively question someone who finds a dead body.

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