Fam­ily learned of death on­line – in­quest

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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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