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Chinese couple died of exposure

22.01.2020 - 13:58
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 Mynd: Þór Ægisson - RÚV
Initial post-mortem results appear to confirm first assumptions that the Chinese couple found dead on Sólheimasandur, South Iceland, last week succumbed to exposure.

Pathologists found nothing to suggest a cause of death other than exposure to the snowstorm and there is no suspicion of foul play. 

According to a statement today from South Iceland police, the post-mortem supports the theory that the couple died of exposure in the storm the day before they were discovered. It will be several more weeks before a final pathologist’s report is filed, however. 

Police continue to process evidence gathered as they attempt to trace the couple’s movements last Monday, when a weather warning was in effect and travel outside towns and cities strongly discouraged. 

The couple’s family members arrived in Iceland on Sunday and met with police and representatives of the Chinese embassy yesterday. The deceased couple were born in 1997 and 1999.