1. Coroner’s report deepens mystery around Otto Warmbier’s death.
— The Straits Times (@STcom) September 27, 2017
Just a day after we heard from the parents of Otto Warmbier – the 22-year-old who died six days after being returned to the US after 17 months incarceration in North Korea – details from the coroner’s report have been released, deepening the mystery around the young man’s death.
Otto’s parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, gave an interview with Fox News yesterday to tell the world “North Korea is not a victim. They are terrorists”.
In the interview, Fred described the moment they first saw their son when he was returned to the US in June this year.
The family had been told Otto was in a coma with severe brain damage, but Fred said his eldest son was wailing, making “inhuman” sounds, and writhing about on the stretcher when they first saw him on the plane. He also said their had been evidence of injury – with a large scar on Otto’s foot, and that his bottom teeth “looked as if they’d been rearranged with pliers”.
Now, details from the coroner’s report have been released by the Cincinnati Enquirer (from Otto’s hometown) that appear to dispute the claims of torture made by Otto’s family, which were then backed up with a tweet from President Donald Trump labelling North Korea’s treatment of Otto “torturous”.
Instead, the Hamilton County coroner who examined Otto after his death (the parents refused a full autopsy) said Otto’s body exhibited small scars, and that his “teeth are natural and in good repair”.
The coroner, alongside several experts, could not find evidence of torture, and the report said the young man had a “well-developed and well-nourished” body.