The 14-year-old Ukrainian refugee who was found unconscious on a Devon beach has died of multiple injuries, according to the inquest.
- A Ukrainian refugee was found dead on a Decon beach by her mother
- An inquest ruled that 14-year-old Albina Yevko died of multiple injuries.
A Ukrainian teenage refugee found unconscious on a Devon beach has died of multiple injuries, according to an inquest heard today.
Albina Yevko, 14, died in hospital after her mother found her unconscious on a Dawlish beach after going missing.
At the opening of the inquest today, Coroner Alison Longhorn confirmed that Albina had been first reported missing by her mother Inna, prompting an extensive search that located her on the beach.
She was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and received extended care, but was later pronounced dead.
Alison Longhorn, Exeter and Greater Devon area coroner, said: “I am unable to proceed with a full inquest today as evidence clearly remains outstanding.”
Albina Yevko, 14, died in hospital after she was found unconscious on a Dawlish beach.
She was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital but was later pronounced dead. In the photo: the beach in Dawlish where she met Albina
‘That evidence will be collected and collated by my coroner’s officer and will include a final post mortem examination report.
“A preliminary cause of death has been given as multiple injuries.”
Police previously said that a CCTV trace, an autopsy and a check of Albina’s phone showed there was “no third party involvement” in her death.
Detective Inspector Becky Davies said: “Following police investigations carried out throughout the Dawlish area, including CCTV networks, a search of Albina’s phone and a forensic autopsy; Investigating officers can confirm that there was no third-party involvement and that Albina Yevko’s death is not suspicious.
“Our research shows that Albina had settled in very well in the UK since moving from the Ukraine and enjoyed living by the sea and being part of a new family.
“She had made good friends, both Ukrainian and English, in the UK, she enjoyed school and was very well received by the local community.
We have informed Albina’s family of our findings and ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.
“The role of the police is to continue to collect information on this matter and send a file to the coroner, who will conduct an investigation into this death in due course.
‘We would like to thank everyone who has helped us with our investigation into this matter. Our thoughts are with everyone who knew Albina at this tragic time.
Albina moved to the UK in May last year after the Russian invasion, and was settling into a new life and attending the local secondary school.
Paying an earlier tribute alongside the release of a photo of her daughter, Inna said: “My family and I are devastated to have lost our beautiful Albina.”
‘Nothing can ever replace her in our hearts. “We ask that our privacy be respected at this incredibly painful time.”