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Maybe the same unfortunate accident happened to Britt.
Originally posted by Kryties
Originally posted by OZtracized
The only thing you left out was that her legs were chopped off. The police had claimed she fell off the cliff by accident or suicide. Her father then, unsurprisingly, remarked something like "so she fell off the cliff and cut off her legs on the way down? I don't think so".
I can't believe I forgot that! I did have a web page opened with that information on it but it must have gotten lost in the mix when I was compiling the whole post.
This is a very important clue as to what actually happened to her. If suicide or an accidental fall was to blame, how come her body was found with the legs cut off - or for that matter missing part of her jawbone.
Put in context with my theory posted above, I think it gives it even more creedence!
From livenews.com.au - November 26, 2008
We're just horrified and it's really distressed us like you could not believe. I'm just flabbergasted with the coroner.
- Britt Lapthorne's father Dale
The body of backpacker Britt Lapthorne has been released to her family after the Victorian state coroner told them she might not be able find the cause of her death in Croatia.
Coroner Jennifer Coate on Wednesday said a post-mortem examination of Ms Lapthorne's body was completed on Tuesday but she would not receive the pathologist's written report for another two to three weeks.
"The family has been informed that it might not be possible to find a medical cause of death in the circumstances," Judge Coate said in a statement.
AFP to review Lapthorne case
The father of Australian backpacker Britt Lapthorne holds little hope a small team of Australia Federal Police officers travelling to Croatia will solve the mystery of his daughter’s mysterious death.
Dale Lapthorne, the father of the 21-year-old RMIT university student, said the family learned on Monday that a new, two-man delegation was flying to Croatia the following day.
But as he learned more about the ten-day mission, his enthusiasm turned quickly to pessimism.
‘‘(We’re not feeling) at all positive about the new investigation,’’ he told The Age.
‘‘We’ve been through 18 months of hell ... It would be hard to see some sort of light come out of this. Sorry to be negative, but we’ve become rather negative about government authorities and police forces and the window dressing.’’
Chief among Mr Lapthorne’s concerns is the sheer volume of information the officers must sift through, most of it in Croatian, in such a short time.
‘‘There’s supposedly a lot of interviews to go through, a lot of site visits. How is this possible on only two weeks?
‘‘That’s mainly our viewpoint. We’re very pleased about the tenacity of the AFP to persist with this ... but we questions if two weeks, or even seven days, is a token gesture. Is it just a bit of window dressing to close the case?
‘‘Our expectation out of it? Probably not high.’’
The family also believes there are other factors at play, particularly within the Croatian bureaucracy.
The case remains unsolved after 18 months, said Mr Lapthorne, and ‘‘now is a good time before the tourist season to close it’’.
‘‘The second aspect is that Croatia is trying to join the EU ... (The EU) has cited two areas that Croatia needs to address in order to even think about joining. One is their finance. Two is their police force. I think their police force is doing everything it can to window dress and say ‘We have improved’.’’
‘‘In Dubrovnik alone, they are onto their third police chief since Britt’s disappearance. But unfortunately this is all at the top. The rot is still set in below.’’
‘‘One thing is for sure - the Croatian police would have dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s before they let the AFP in. They don’t want to be embarrassed.’’
The current police chief, Tonci Glumac, who was elected in July, is the third police chief in charge of the investigation since Britt went missing.
He is a law graduate and a career policeman with more than 20 years’ experience, but his two predecessors were routinely criticised over the Lapthorne investigation.
Croatian media often refers to the Lapthorne case as an example of worst police practise.
In an editorial published in December about corruption and other problems in the Dubrovnik police, national daily
newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija said: ‘‘The only credible move (in the Lapthorne investigation) was made by Dubrovnik police when it announced, before the media had a chance to, that photofits of two men who had tried to kidnap several young girls just before Britt Lapthorne’s disappearance, were in fact pictures of two of their police.
''Everything else was a clear show of knowing nothing, being unmotivated and uncivilised - at least among those police who spoke to the media.’’
Apart from the Lapthorne investigation, Dubrovnik police have also been criticised over the unsolved murder of a Frenchman who lived in Croatia, as well as several recent drug investigations which media reports say also involve local police.