Police officials fear a British police officer may have been intoxicated with questionable methanol-laced alcohol before her fall in Corfu.
The 22-year-old police officer was found dead of a head wound on the first day of her holiday in the Greek resort of Kavos.
She decided to stay out on Friday night while her colleague returned to the hotel.
But the officer, who served with Surrey Police, was later found dead by a passer-by near a main road after hitting her head when she fell several meters.
Authorities in Corfu are now investigating whether the young police officer drank tainted alcohol hours after arriving on the holiday island.
Corfu’s chief medical officer, who initially examined the young Briton, told The Sun he had detected alcohol on her breath.
Yannis Aivatidis said she died “just hours” after arriving in the area.
He said: “There are questions about what type of alcohol she consumed.
“Has it been unlawfully tampered with?
“Was she that drunk because? [illegal] Was there methanol in the alcoholic beverages she had consumed?
“The answer lies in the toxicology tests that are done.”
Bars and clubs in Greece are notorious for mixing alcoholic beverages with pure spirit to add flavor to the beverages.
Authorities on the island said Sunday, after raids in Kavos, that 28 bars were closing after they were found to be serving adulterated alcohol – and customers had not yet finished their mixed drink.
Well-informed sources described the closures as “more than coincidental” as they came just hours after the officer’s death.
Kavos has long been a favorite among young Brits, attracting the largest number of visitors to the island each year.
The coroner said the autopsy on Monday showed the Briton had fallen from a height of several metres.
Aivatidis added, “Findings included fractures to the chest, stomach and a small tear in the spleen.”
“But it was a traumatic head injury that killed her.”
Aivatidis said while the results ruled out criminal involvement, it was unclear whether the officer was staying with friends at the time of her “accidental death”.
He added: “I think she may have confused the building she was staying in and may have fallen in an unorthodox manner trying to enter the building she was found in front of.
“What remains unclear and is now part of the [police probe] is whether she was abandoned by friends after the fall.
Her stepfather, also a police officer, is expected to arrive in Corfu this week to return his stepdaughter’s body.
On Saturday, a Surrey Police officer said: “Yesterday we were sadly informed of the sudden death of an officer on duty while on holiday in Corfu, Greece.”
“We are working to support both her family and colleagues here at this extremely difficult time.
“The Greek authorities are currently conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the death and we await further updates from them as they conduct their investigations.”
An FCDO spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British woman who has died in Greece and are in contact with local authorities.”