Hamilton County Coroner: No autopsy for Warmbier

Hamilton County Coroner: No autopsy for Warmbier

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - After an examination of Otto Warmbier's body, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Laskshmi Sammarco says his death is still a mystery. However, an autopsy will not be performed in accordance to the family's wishes.

"No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr. Warmbier's death have been drawn at this time as there are additional medical records and imaging to review and people to interview," Sammarco said in a written statement Tuesday.

Warmbier, 22, died last week after being returned from North Korea in a coma. The University of Virginia student spent 15 months in state custody.

It is unclear why the family objected to an autopsy which could answer what happened to Warmbier in the secretive nation. He is the first American to die after being released from North Korean custody in half a century.

The circumstances around his death are unclear. His brain suffered severe damage but there were no signs of physical trauma. His doctors at the University of Cincinnati reject North Korea's claim he contracted botulism.

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