A research scientist was found dead in a hotel room, prompting an emergency response that saw 999 crews don protective HAZMAT suits.

Yeanu Mistry, a 22-year-old Wolverhampton-born single man, was found in room 27 at the Premier Inn, Milton, on May 21 after he was late to check-out.

A paramedic from South Central Ambulance Service pronounced his death at 12.35pm on the day his body was found.

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Opening the inquest on Wednesday, coroner Nicholas Graham said a post-mortem had been conducted by a Home Office pathologist but the cause of death ‘remained unknown pending further investigation’.

A full inquest will be heard at Oxford Coroner’s Court on November 1.

Last month, Thames Valley Police said it was investigating the death as ‘unexplained’ but not suspicious.

The emergency services were present at the hotel for around seven hours. Emergency workers could be seen wearing hazardous materials – or HAZMAT – suits and breathing equipment. A car was removed from the car park.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed its firefighters had carried out checks to make sure ‘the environment within the building was safe'.

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The Premier Inn said at the time: "Unfortunately a guest was discovered deceased this weekend when they failed to check out on time.

"Our thoughts are with the guest’s loved ones at this very sad time."

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.  

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