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'First autopsy didn't confirm rape of Brit teen'

The police say the autopsy do not confirm rape and murder of British teenager Scarlette Eden Keeling, as alleged by her family members.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Panaji
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2008 11:24 PM IST

The first autopsy conducted on the body of 15-year-old British girl Scarlette Eden Keeling did not confirm rape and murder of the teenager, as alleged by her family members, police said on Saturday.

"It's a common sense that if first autopsy covers everything then why the second autopsy is being conducted?," state Inspector General of Police Kishan Kumar told PTI.

Reacting to the media campaign terming the death of the British teenager as murder, even before the findings of second autopsy are out, Kumar said that the second autopsy is going to clarify the doubts expressed by the family.

Scarlette's mother Fiona MacKown had demanded re-investigation in the case pointing to the bruises on her body which was noticed during the first autopsy.

Scarlette was found dead on February 18 on Goa's Anjuna beach. "We are conducting the second autopsy only because we are not satisfied with the first," the IGP said.

The three-member panel at Goa medical college and hospital today resumed the second autopsy on the body, on which the inquest by magistrate was conducted on Friday.

The IGP said that the media campaign against the police was "false, baseless and irresponsible". "As per my knowledge, the first post-mortem report mentions that the cause of death was due to drowning," he clarified. Doctors alone can certify whether the death was a murder or due to drowning, Kumar added.

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