Heartbreaking twist after Aussie student found dead in Bali
The mysterious circumstances surrounding the sudden death of an Australian student in Bali have taken another tragic turn after it was revealed her lifeless body was reportedly not found for five days.
Perth student Niamh Finneran Loader is believed to have died on December 2 while visiting the popular Indonesian holiday destination to undergo “dental treatment”, according to a GoFundMe created to help her parents bring her body back home.
However, police did not take the 25-year-old's remains to hospital until December 7, according to Nine News, with her body feared to have gone undetected in her hotel bathroom for five days.
Dr Ida Bagus Puta Alit, head of forensics at Bali’s Prof Ngoerah Hospital, questioned the timeline of events prior to her body being presented to hospital.
“We do not know where the body was before that, and why it was only taken to our hospital five days after the date of death,” he said in reports seen by Nine.
Dr Alit said a preliminary inspection was performed immediately but an autopsy was not conducted until December 13. With no obvious signs of trauma to Ms Loader’s body, a cause of death has yet to be determined, he added. Doctors are now waiting on the results of pathology and toxicology tests, which could take a month.
Forensic specialist Dr Nola Margaret Gunawan confirmed to Nine that it is unknown what happened in the five days after the young student’s death, but experts are continuing to perform a “thorough examination”. Local police are also investigating Ms Loader’s mysterious death.
Student failed to check out of Bali hotel
It’s understood the 25-year-old travelled alone to Bali to have a bone graft and fake tooth made, The West Australian reports.
While her dad, Malcolm Loader, told the publication his daughter was “very happy” with the results of the “minor” dental procedure, Nine reports it may never have taken place.
When Ms Loader failed to board her flight home, her parents began to worry, friend Mark Burgess said. Staff at the hotel where she was reportedly staying — Famous Hotel Kuta-Bali — later told her parents the student had booked a taxi to the international airport but never checked out the following day, The West Australian reports.
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Seeking answers about their daughter’s untimely death, Mr Loader and his wife Tina Finneran have hired lawyers and flown to Bali to bring their daughter’s body back to Perth.
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed to Yahoo News Australia that it is “providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Bali”. “Owing to our privacy obligations, we are unable to provide further comment,” they added.
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