The 15-year-old girl found dead in a Bakersfield garage Monday was strangled to death, the Kern County coroner's office said Friday.
Prosecutors have charged Gerardo Rodriguez, 23, with killing the teenager, Stacy Duke of Bakersfield, during a rape or attempted rape.
Rodriguez was detained and arrested at the scene where Duke's body was found at the 3000 block of Dore Drive.
A coroner's news release said she died from manual strangulation and the place of death was where she was found at 5:44 p.m.
Rodriguez could face the death penalty if convicted. His arraignment will be held next week. He remains held without bail.