North Korea tortured and 'destroyed' prisoner Otto Warmbier, parents say


Mystery surrounds the death of United States student Otto Warmbier after his June release from North Korea as a coroner's report reveals he was "well-developed" and "well-nourished".

Fred Warmbier, Otto's father, said "it looked like someone had taken pliers and tried to rearrange his bottom teeth" when he described the state the 22-year-old was in when he returned to the June.

Rex Tillerson in June announced North Korea agreed to release the OH native, who died just six days after his return to the United States. "Otto was tortured beyond belief by North Korea", President Donald Trump said on Twitter following the interview's broadcast.

"I felt very comfortable that there wasn't any evidence of trauma" to the teeth or jawbone, Sammarco said. The University of Virginia student let out a "howling, involuntary, inhuman" sound that sent his mother and sister running from the aircraft.

A Hamilton County coroner's report dated September 11 shows cause of death as brain damage from oxygen deprivation through "an unknown insult more than a year prior to death".

Mr Warmbier died just days after his return to the US.

Fred Warmbier also said Otto had a large scar on his right foot and a high fever.

His hands and legs were "totally deformed", Cindy Warmbier said.

Otto was arrested in North Korea in 2016 on suspicion of trying to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel.

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When he arrived in OH, he was transported by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where doctors discovered he had "severe injury to all regions of the brain" and described his current condition as "unresponsive wakefulness".

Both the investigator and the coroner's report cited complications of chronic deficiency of oxygen and blood supply to the brain in Warmbier's death. "They're terrorists. They kidnapped Otto, tortured him, they intentionally injured him". Doctors found no signs this was the case.

Amanda Nageleisen, a spokeswoman for the medical center, declined to comment on the Warmbiers' description of their son's condition.

The coroner's report on Wyoming, Ohio native Otto Warmbier was released to the public this week.

Sammarco's office performed an external examination, went through extensive medical imaging and conducted a post-mortem CT scan of Warmbier's body.

The manner of death is written as "undetermined".

"One of a few things likely happened here - and we may never know, especially if there's no autopsy", Gupta, who is also a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners and a practicing neurosurgeon, said in June.

Warmbier's parents, when asked on Tuesday why they refused an autopsy, said that they wanted the ordeal to be put to rest.