Missing teen Gaia Pope died of hypothermia, inquest told

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Gaia Pope, whose disappearance sparked a major police search died of hypothermia, an inquest has heard.

The teenager was reported missing by his family, at his home, near Swanage, Dorset, on November 7 of last year.

Dorset Coroner Rachael Griffin opened the hearing on the death of the 19-year-old student at Bournemouth Town hall on Tuesday.

The teen, who suffered from severe epilepsy, had not been seen since 11 days, and that his disappearance has sparked a massive campaign to family and friends for the find.

His body was found by police search teams in the woods between the Ledge of the Dance and anvil Point, near Swanage coastal path, on the 18th of November.

During the police investigation, three people, two men aged 19 and 49 and 71-year-old female, were arrested.

They were released without any other action.

after his death, his family has said they wanted to learn more about the circumstances, saying she had been “really bad” with a “a lot of questions”.

The only members of the family present at the opening of the inquiry were Miss Pope’s cousin Marienna Pope-Weidemann and his mother Talia Pope.

Miss Griffin said: “I am aware of the family have a number of concerns in terms of Gaia’s death and some of those are going to be very useful in my survey, but some will not.

“It is not that I am insensitive to these concerns, but they simply fall outside my area of expertise.”

Coroner’s agent Andrew Lord has said to the coroner and pathologist Dr Russell Delaney was initially unable to establish the cause of death.

the test Suite Dr. Delaney was later able to say that Miss Pope, who was single and lived at Langton Matravers, had died of hypothermia.

Mr. Lord says Miss Pope has been formally identified by an “distinguished” tattoo on his body.

“according to the results of the post-mortem examination of the police have confirmed that they are no longer treating the death as suspicious,” Mr. Lord said.

He confirmed to the coroner that the police had no reason to believe in the intervention of a third party in his death.

Miss Griffin said that for the resumption of the investigation, she would be requesting statements of Miss Pope’s family, his GP, the Dorset Health care University NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset Police, and Professor Matthew Walker, a neuroscientist from University College London, who miss Pope is under the care d’.

“It has been brought to my attention that there are some concerns about the care provided by social services,” she said.

“I ask you for a declaration of Dorset County Council in relation to the contact with Gaia.”

The coroner added that she would also want an entomology report to see if the exact time of the Miss Pope’s death could be established.

The coroner has adjourned the hearing until May 14 for a pre-investigation, examination, and she has not set a date for the resumption of the investigation.

Speaking afterwards, Miss Pope-Weidemann said: “It was just a few days ago that the family received confirmation that Gaia died of hypothermia and our hearts broke all over again.

“relations with their shock and grief, Gaia’s parents, Natasha and Richard, and his sisters, Clara and Maya, couldn’t be here today.

“But they wanted me to thank all of our family, whose loyalty and support keeps us going, as we try to make sense of our sudden and terrible loss.

“Every minute, without Gaia feels like an hour and every time without answers seems endless.”

Miss Pope-Weidemann thanked the police, the coast guard and members of the public who have helped in the search for her cousin.

“Without the incredible efforts of our community, perhaps we would never have found her,” she said.

“Each of you has made a difference and we are grateful to know that despite everything, we can count on your support.

“Despite all she went through, she remained a loving, joyful and courageous. Here was a brilliant and powerful young woman who wanted to devote his life to the other. We will always be proud of it.

“We now know what took her from us, but when, how, and why, are all questions that still need to be answered, not only for our good, but for the good of the family who wakes up from this nightmare one day.

“We hope that the investigation will find those answers. The road is long, but with your support we will get justice for Gaia.”

additional reporting from the Press Association.

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