A teenager whose disappearance last year sparked a major police search and led to three arrests died from hypothermia, an inquest has heard.
Gaia Pope was reported missing by her family from her home near Swanage on November 7, prompting a massive campaign to find her.
The 19-year-old student’s body was found in undergrowth near the Swanage coastal path 11 days later.
Three people, two men aged 19 and 49 and a 71-year-old woman, were arrested in connection with her death, but were later released with no further action.
Opening the inquest at Bournemouth Town Hall, Dorset Coroner Rachael Griffin said: ‘I am aware the family have a number of concerns in relation to Gaia’s death and some of those will be very relevant to my inquiry but some will not be.
‘It is not that I am unsympathetic to those concerns but they simply fall outside my remit.’
The only family members at the opening of the inquest were Miss Pope’s cousin Marienna Pope-Weidemann and her mother Talia Pope.
Coroner’s officer Andrew Lord told the inquest that pathologist Dr Russell Delaney was initially unable to establish a cause of death.
Following tests Dr Delaney was later able to say that Miss Pope, who suffered from severe epilepsy, had died from hypothermia.
Mr Lord said: ‘Following the results of the post-mortem examination police have confirmed they are no longer treating the death as suspicious.’
There is believed to be no third party involvement in her death.
The coroner adjourned the hearing until May 14 for a pre-inquest review and she did not fix a date for the resumed inquest.
Speaking afterwards, Miss Pope-Weidemann said: ‘It was just a few days ago that the family received confirmation that Gaia died of hypothermia and our hearts broke all over again.
‘Dealing with their shock and grief, Gaia’s parents, Natasha and Richard, and her sisters Clara and Maya, couldn’t be here today.
‘But they wanted me to thank all our loved ones, whose loyalty and support keeps us going as we try to make sense of our sudden and terrible loss.
‘Every minute without Gaia feels like an hour and every hour without answers seems endless.’
Miss Pope-Weidemann thanked the police, coastguard and members of the public who helped search for her cousin.