Girl who was raped as she died had drugs in her system

The official cause of death was announced as accidental by the medical examiner’s office.

LYNNWOOD — An Everett girl overdosed on fentanyl and alprazolam — a generic name for the drug Xanax — in a case that drew national attention when prosecutors charged a man with raping her as she died.

Alyssa Mae Noceda, 18, a Mariner High School student, had gone to a party at the home of a friend on the night of Feb. 3, in the 400 block of Lakeview Road in the Lynnwood area.

Brian Roberto Varela, 19, later told police he watched her snort a line of crushed Percocet pills and take a “dab” of THC, moments before she passed out. He told detectives he awoke to find her dead in his bed.

The official cause of death was announced Tuesday by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. They’ve listed the manner of death as accidental.

Varela remains charged with second-degree rape and first-degree manslaughter. He’s accused of recklessly causing Noceda’s death, bragging to coworkers about raping her as she was dying and later trying to hide her body.

His next court hearing is scheduled for June.

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