Dorset teenager Gaia Pope ‘may have burrowed into gorse before death’

Inquest told primitive response to hypothermia is possible reason for body being located in undergrowth

The Dorset teenager Gaia Pope died of hypothermia after either burrowing into undergrowth on an exposed clifftop or falling into the bushes and may have been experiencing a mental health episode or epileptic seizure at the time, an inquest jury has been told.

In the hours before she vanished, Pope, 19, said she thought she was pregnant and had split up with her boyfriend before dashing out into “rotten weather” without her coat, the jury heard.

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