Vigil to Call for Investigation Into Aucapina Death

Lilia Aucapina was found dead in the woods a quarter-mile from her house in Sagaponack on Nov. 21, six weeks after she was reported missing.

A vigil at which organizers will call for a full police investigation into the death of Lilia Aucapina will be held at Southampton Town Hall on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

Ms. Aucapina, who lived in Sagaponack, was reported missing on Oct. 10. Despite extensive searches by foot, air, all-terrain vehicle, and K-9 units, her body was not found until Nov. 21, when a hunter came across it in the woods about a quarter of a mile from her house. Police have said that her "death is not believed to be criminal in nature," and have indicated that they believe it was a suicide.

But some are not convinced that her death has been properly investigated.

According to Foster Maer, the senior litigation counsel of LatinoJustice, a New York City civil rights organization, members of the late woman's family "are very angry. They want the world to know what is going on," he said Monday.

Mr. Maer said Southampton Town police "should have called in the Suffolk County Homicide squad. They are not equipped to handle this investigation."

Mr. Maer's organization has already called for an investigation into the 2014 death of 21-year-old Gabriela Armijos, who was also found in the woods after what East Hampton Town police ruled was a suicide. Her family questioned that explanation and asked for further investigation.