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As her desperate father in Melbourne continues trying to piece together the last hours of her life, believing his daughter was murdered, a South African autopsy on the body of 20-year-old Elly Warren appears to indicate she did not die a violent death.
A fisherman found Warren’s body about 5am on November 9 outside a toilet block in the tourist town of Tofo, Mozambique. Her underwear was below her knees and it was initially thought she had been raped and killed.
However, the South African autopsy results seem to match those of an autopsy conducted by Mozambican authorities.
While the Mozambicans have not released a final report, a preliminary report concluded Warren had collapsed face-first into the sand and died of asphyxiation.
What caused the collapse is not known. There was speculation in the media she may have been given some sort of date-rape drug but toxicology reports from South Africa seem to indicate the only drug in her system was alcohol.
The doctor conducting the autopsy in South Africa was unable to get an accurate blood alcohol reading because her body had been embalmed in Mozambique.
Investigations are continuing there into how Warren died but her death is not being treated as a murder.
A third autopsy was conducted in Melbourne when her body was flown home, and her father, Paul Warren, said he expected the results to be released in February.
“I have been told that there is no different (sic) to the autopsy done in Jo/burg” Mr Warren told The Weekend Australian by email this week.
He said he believed his daughter had been murdered and authorities in Mozambique were covering up a crime to protect their tourist industry.
He has been trying to piece together her last hours in an attempt to establish what happened.
“Let’s look at it logically,” he wrote. “We have a very healthy 20-year-old girl. No drugs (minimal) amount alcohol. What she falls in the sand with face injuries and her mouth is full of sand. You don’t need to be Einstein to work out what happened here. I have nearly all the pieces to the puzzle. The truth about Elly will come out soon. I do know this. Elly was at a party & left the girls she was with and walked on her own back.
“ I am not to (sic) sure what happened next we think Elly had gone to the toilet block to pee around 50m away from the bar. However she found they are locked at night & went around the back carrying her beer. She placed her beer on the ground and went to go to the toilet but was attacked before she could get a chance to pee because her bladder was found to be full.
“Elly was not raped but that was there (sic) intentions.”
However, both the Mozambican and South African reports concluded Elly Warren had not been raped. A source familiar with the case said: “I think the Mozambicans may have got it right.”
He said her only visible injuries were light abrasions on the nose and lips, which could have been caused by her body weight on the sand. “Perhaps she may have been intoxicated and maybe attempted to have a pee and has fallen forward into the sand, and maybe passed out and started inhaling sand,” the source said. “Then again it could have been some sort of seizure, but nothing like that was detected. She was a fit young lady, and she is quite a big girl, and if that was an attempted rape there would be significant signs of a struggle … which there wasn’t.”
Mr Warren said he did not know whether a coronial investigation would be held in Australia.Source: The Australian