(CHINA DAILY) — A car abandoned by a couple that hit a woman while driving drunk, then buried her, was found by police in Yuyao, Zhejiang province, on May 1. Provided to China Daily

“It’s certain the woman was not dead when buried,” a publicity officer from Yuyao public security bureau, who only gave his surname Zhou, told China Daily on Wednesday.

“Legal medical experts detected particles identical to those in the surrounding soil in her lungs, which indicates she was still breathing,” he said.

But police have not formed a definite conclusion on the case, according to Zhou.

“Preliminary judgment of the cause of death is brain injury by the impact from the car and asphyxia,” he said.

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