Mystery deepens over Australian student’s Bali death after police receive autopsy report

An autopsy in Indonesia has failed to provide any clues about the sudden, mystery death of an Australian university student in Bali in December.

Niamh Finneran Loader, 25, was found dead on December 2 in the bathroom of the Kuta-Bali Famous Hotel, where she had been staying after venturing to the holiday island to undergo a minor dental procedure.

Niamh Finneran Loader, 25, died in Bali on December 2.Credit:Facebook

The circumstances of the Perth woman’s passing have baffled local police in Bali, who have interviewed the dentist she was treated by as well as hotel staff and a tattoo artist.

An autopsy was conducted at Bali’s Sanglah Hospital but Denpasar Police chief Bambang Yugo Pamungkas said the post-mortem had proven inconclusive.

“We have received the autopsy report and interviewed the forensic doctor last week,” he said in a message on Monday.

“But he was unable to determine the cause of death based on the toxicology and pathology test results.”

Finneran Loader’s devastated parents travelled to Bali to organise the repatriation of her body, with an online fundraiser raising more than $42,000 to assist them.

She was laid to rest at a funeral in Mandurah on December 23.

Orpa Takalapeta, the Kuta Police chief, indicated the investigation into her death would continue but it was unclear how police would be able to get to the bottom of it.

“We will first conduct a gelar perkara [an internal meeting between relevant departments] before we can proceed and determine the next step,” he said.

Finneran Loader’s family was contacted for comment.

Finneran Loader was studying a master’s degree in international relations and national security at the University of Western Australia and was the former captain of the Mandurah Swimming Club, who remembered her as the girl with the Irish accent everyone quickly grew to love.

“A beautiful young girl that I have personally known for more than 16 years has accidentally passed away in Bali,” Sian Temple said.

“During her time at the club Niamh and her family have made many lifelong friends who I know are struggling trying to comprehend what has happened.”

Finneran Loader had been due to fly to the United States in January as part of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation scholarship.

“It is with great shock and sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of Mannkal Scholar Niamh Loader following a medical procedure,” the foundation said in a statement.

“We offer our deepest sympathy to her family, friends and fellow Mannkal Scholars.”

Finneran Loader was also a contributor to The Spectator Australia, with writer Mark Burgess paying tribute to the “impressive critical thinker”.

“Niamh was a character. Though I only knew her for a short period, I will remember Niamh for her cheeky Irish sense of humour and sharp wit, coupled with a strong intellect, which facilitated enjoyable philosophical discussions,” he said.

“She had a very bright future ahead of her, and she has been taken far too soon.”

with Heather McNeill

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