‘There is no way she died of natural causes’: Desperate family of British woman, 38, found dead in Israel release picture of her cut and bruised body after police refused to investigate her death
- Julie Pearson collapsed and died at Israeli resort in November last year
- Distressing image shows expat lying in a coffin with bruises on her face
- But Israeli post-mortem insisted hotel worker had died of natural causes
- Family believe there is another explanation and released image because they were ‘not getting anywhere’
- WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
The family of a British woman found dead in Israel have released a shocking picture of her body to dispute claims she died of natural causes.
Their distressing photograph shows Julie Pearson, from Kinross, near Perth, lying in a coffin with cuts and bruises on her face.
They say Ms Pearson, 38, had been badly beaten hours before she collapsed and died following a visit to a guest house in Eilat, Israel.
The harrowing image shows Julie Pearson, from Kinross, lying in a coffin with cuts and bruises on her face
But an Israeli post-mortem insisted that the hotel worker had died of natural causes with the cause of death listed as internal bleeding. Pathologists said her death was ‘spontaneous’ but have failed to give further details, according to the Sunday Mail.
Her devastated relatives were told of the findings two weeks ago – but they have been locked in a five month fight for justice since her death on November 27.
They took the agonising decision to release a picture of her body after failing to get answers amid claims Israeli police have not properly investigated an alleged assault on her.
Her grieving aunt Deborah Pearson 55, from West Lothian, described the investigation as a ‘shambles’ and told MailOnline this afternoon: ‘We wanted people to see what we saw. Her injuries were even worse that what you can see. She had bruises all over her body – her torso, back, shoulders.’
Ambulance crews were called to the guest house in Eilat (pictured) and tried desperately to keep Julie alive, but she was pronounced dead at hospital
She said police had already handed back her niece’s clothes and personal items leading her to believe no further investigations were planned.
Deborah added: ‘It’s so important to Julie’s family, her parents John and Margaret, and Sharon and I that we get some answers.’
Julie’s mother Margaret, also from Kinross, said the family took the decision to issue the shocking photograph because they were ‘not getting anywhere’ in their bid to kick-start investigations.
The 62-year-old told the Sunday Mail: ‘We feel we have no other choice but to let the world see the injuries my daughter sustained as we try to get to the truth of how Julie died.
‘I haven’t been able to rest since seeing what had been done to her. The black bruises to her face and body were horrific. There is no way she died from natural causes.’
Ambulance crews were called to the guest house and tried desperately to keep Julie alive, but she was pronounced dead at hospital.
David Cameron and MP Hannah Bardell are both said to have vowed to support Julie’s relatives, who have launched a fundraising page to pay with future legal costs.
According to the Daily Record, police in Israel had ‘nothing to add’ to the pathologists’ report.