An inquest looking into the events leading to the death of Ethan Ross Bonnar, a 22-year-old urban explorer who died after falling off the roof of an abandoned building, has been set.
The case was held by senior coroner Ian Arrow at Plymouth Coroner’s Court. It dug into the details surrounding the death of Mr. Bonnar. Mr. Bonnar died at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth on the 30th of July.
Ethan who also suffered from ADHD had filmed himself on the roof of the building on 28th, July at 2 pm and uploaded the video. The opening statement read by Arrow confirms the fact that Mr. Bonnar suffered a serious brain fracture after the fall. It further reads that he was flown to the Derriford Major Trauma Centre by a police helicopter, for specialist treatment.
Unfortunately, Ethan did not survive.
Ethan’s distraught mother, Cheryl Reynolds, spoke of her son’s body lying inside the abandoned building in Totnes for a whole day, before it was recovered in a great emergency rescue operation. She warned of the dangers that come with urban exploration. His family had reported him missing after he failed to come back home.
It was on the Totnes railway station that Ethan’s bicycle was found shackled to the railings, where he had left it. At that time, the police were not overly worried at his disappearance and termed it as a medium risk.
Ethan’s body was found by a dog that belongs to the specialist fire search team at the Daily Crest abandoned building on Wednesday July the 29th at 4pm. He was located having fallen 15 feet through a corrugated roof about 24 hours earlier. At the time, he had suffered major injuries and was unconscious.
According to Mr. Arrow, the post-mortem revealed the cause of death as being traumatic head injury. A full inquest would be set at a future date where the events leading to Ethan’s death would be determined.