Otto Warmbier's Family Objects to Autopsy of Former North Korean Prisoner

The family of Otto Warmbier, the imprisoned 22-year-old who mysteriously fell into a year-long coma in North Korea and died, has refused to allow an OH coroner perform an autopsy.

Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor, but was sent home to OH on June 13 in a coma, dying days after his release, after spending 17 months in captivity.

However, it said in a statement on its website yesterday that Mr Warmbier's death had "led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists".

Moon said what North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants most "is to have a security guarantee for his regime". The coroner, Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, is expecting to release initial results from her examination later on Tuesday or on Wednesday, Jasper said.

Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based travel agency that took Mr Warmbier to North Korea, said in a Facebook post that it would no longer allow U.S. citizens on its trips. "But in the end, the only way to find out is to have a dialogue with North Korea".

Wambier's parents did not cite a specific cause of death but blamed "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea. "We're still considering our options". While there, he was arrested by North Korean officials for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel, and sentenced to 15 years hard labor. "They denied him access to the best medical care he deserved". Yet, he wanted to make clear that any American "stupid" enough to travel to North Korea for leisure after what they just witnessed should be made to sign on the dotted line promising not to blame the US for whatever may transpire.

The State Department says at least 16 Americans have been detained by North Korea in the last 10 years.

While suffering from severe brain damage, Warmbier, died at a Cincinnati Medical Center on Monday.

Otto returned from 17 months of imprisonment in North Korea last week.

But the death of American student Otto Warmbier - who the regime imprisoned - seems to have changed that. "I explained to the president of China that a trade deal with the USA will be far better for them if they solve the North Korea problem", he said, days after the meeting.

He said in an interview on "CBS This Morning" broadcast Tuesday that while it's not known for sure what happened, there can be speculation that North Korea made "unjust and cruel treatments" to Otto Warmbier.

  • Leroy Wright