Coroner will examine Otto Warmbier’s remains

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The Ohio coroner examining the body of Otto Warmbier, the student who died recently after being transported back to the United States from captivity in North Korea, is expected to file the results of their examination Tuesday or Wednesday, Reuters reports.

The results of this autopsy are highly anticipated, as Warmbier’s family was unspecific about the exact cause of his death but stated that the “awful, torturous mistreatment” he suffered while in a North Korean prison made it so “no other outcome was possible.” Preliminary reports suggest Warmbier was comatose and had suffered extensive brain damage.

In 2016, Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for stealing a poster at his hotel in Pyongyang, while on a trip to the rogue state facilitated by a Chinese tourism company. His capture, along with three others, has been a source of tension, along with nuclear weapons, between the US and N. Korea.

While it appears Warmbier’s death was the result of unusual methods of torture, the only information North Korean officials have let out is that the student became comatose after he took a sleeping pill on the flight over.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has demanded the release of the remaining three U.S. captives.

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