The death of a Western Australian woman in Bali remains a mystery after an autopsy returned an inconclusive result.
The body of 25-year-old Niamh Finneran Loader was discovered in a Kuta hotel bathroom on December 2, almost a week after the university student had flown to the holiday hotspot by herself for some minor dental work.
Engineering staff who’d come to fix the air conditioning in the room at the Famous Hotel Kuta-Bali made the horrifying find, as reported by The West Australian, while it’s believed the woman’s body may have laid there for five days before she was found.
Family remains without answers
While Ms Loader was laid to rest in Mandurah in WA on December 23, the full results of an autopsy carried out at Sanglah Hospital have only just been returned.
According to the Denpasar Police Commissioner Bambang Yoga Pamungkas, the report, which included toxicology and pathology results, hadn’t been able to determine the young woman’s cause of death.
While Kuta police confirmed investigations into Ms Loader’s death would continue, with a meeting to be held between the relevant departments to determine the next step, her distraught family remains without answers.
“She was here to have minor dental treatment and was very happy with the results,” her father Malcolm Loader told The West Australian in December. “We have no idea [of what caused her death] at this stage.”
Ms Loader, who had reportedly immigrated to Australia from Ireland as a child, was studying for a Masters degree at the University of Western Australia and had been planning to fly to the US this year for an intern scholarship with the Mannkal Economic Foundation.
A GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for the repatriation of her body collected more than $42,000 in donations before it was closed.
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