Autopsy report: Rene Pasztor and Liliana Hernandez died of asphyxiation

ELKHART, Ind. (WANE)  Autopsies performed Tuesday have determined that 7-year-old LIliana Hernandez and her 6-year-old brother Rene Pasztor died of asphyxiation and their deaths have been ruled homicides according to James P. Elliott, Chief Deputy with the Elkhart County Coroner’s Office.

Liliana Hernandez (L) and Rene Pasztor (R)
Liliana Hernandez (L) and Rene Pasztor (R)

The bodies of the two children were found inside a car Monday in Elkhart after their mother, Amber Pasztor, told a police officer they were in the backseat. Pasztor, the two children and Frank Macomber had been the subject of a statewide Amber Alert Monday after Liliana and Rene were taken from their home on U.S. 33 early Monday morning.  A motive for the killing has not yet been established.  Amber did not have legal custody of the children and they were staying with grandparents.

Macomber’s body was found in a wooded area off Wallen Road in Allen County early Tuesday morning.  An autopsy confirmed he died of a gunshot wound.

Amber Pasztor
Photo of Amanda Pasztor provided by the Elkhart Police Department

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference held by Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards and Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill, it was revealed that Macomber was likely killed before Pasztor abducted the two children and she was driving his car when she was captured.  Authorities still aren’t clear as to the exact relationship between Macomber and Pasztor and they wouldn’t speculate as to whether Amber Pasztor killed Macomber.