Family learned of death online – inquest
THE family of a woman found dead in her hotel room learned about her death on social media, an inquest has heard.
Emma Louise Matthews, 30, from Ferndale, Rhondda, was found dead at Scotts Hotel in Llantwit Fardre, near Pontypridd, on July 30 last year.
Coroner Andrew Barkley said Ms Matthews had had a “chaotic” evening with friends in the hotel room the night before and that a Facebook post alleging she was working as a prostitute had been posted before her death.
Her stepfather, Mark Lloyd, said the family learned of her death through “gossip” on social media.
Detective Constable Ian Jones read out a statement from Ciara Mansell, who said she had uploaded screenshots of Miss Matthews’ text conversations with men onto Facebook and implied she worked in prostitution.
She added she accessed Ms Matthews’ texts after finding her phone in her partner’s home.
Forensic pathologist Stephen Leadbeatter said there was no evidence of third-party involvement.
The inquest heard Ms Matthews died from pressure on the neck.
Recording a narrative conclusion, Mr Barkley said: “Emma Matthews died from the effects of pressure on the neck in which her intentions were unclear.”
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