THE X FILES: Authorities alleged to have wiped data from UFO hunter's laptop, who died after 'vomiting black liquid'
No post-mortem examination was carried out after the death of Max Spiers. He vomited two liters of black liquid before dying and authorities said he died of natural causes.
A court today heard that authorities wiped out the laptop of a British UFO hunter who died after reportedly vomiting two liters of "black liquid." His family which later received the device confirmed the incident. 39-year-old Max Bates-Spiers' lifeless body was found by a friend during a conference in Poland in July 2016. Bates-Spiers hailed from Canterbury, Kent, U.K.
His mum, however, added a further twist to the already mysterious death of her son by saying he sent her a text, just days before his death, asking her to "investigate" should something happen to him. However, law enforcement in Poland maintained that Bates-Spiers died of natural causes. Now, two years after his demise, an inquest date is finally scheduled to be held over four days in January next year.
The contents of the UFO hunter's laptop and cell phone will be analyzed, according to a pre-inquest review at Guildhall in Sandwich, Kent.
Adam Taylor, the barrister representing Bates-Spiers' mother, said that there were a "number of discrepancies" in the accounts of his death, as recorded by the Polish emergency services. He called for its members to appear as witnesses at the inquest, reported Metro UK.
The court heard from Taylor: "The way in which they were returned and what was done to them is clearly one of the big mysteries. The family has no knowledge whatsoever of what the results of that analysis were. Mr. Bates' laptop was wiped and, of course, it was not empty at the time of Max's death. The issue is the SIM card and what was on it. Without sight of the report, the family has no answer to these questions."
He said if there was any evidence of disciplinary actions against the police officers handling Bates-Spiers' case, it should be heard at the scheduled inquest. Taylor also asked Science fiction writer Monika Duvall to attend the inquest, considering she was a friend of Bates-Spiers and had been living with him at the time of his death.
His mum, Vanessa Bates, later said: "I did not expect him to go to Poland and not come back. He should be here. He was very fit and healthy when I said goodbye to him. I miss him dreadfully." She added: "I think when we get to the inquest we will know more about whether police procedures were or were not followed. I think it is going to be very difficult to get the Polish witnesses over here. It's been a long time coming, but I'm just relieved that at last something is happening and there is a proper investigation and inquest."
Doctors at a Margate hospital were reportedly unable to determine the cause of death after Bates-Spiers' body was repatriated to the U.K. Back in December 2016, an initial inquest heard he vomited two liters of black fluid. However, the inquest was adjourned at the time. Bates-Spiers was reportedly probing into the lives of famous personalities in politics, business, and entertainment just months before his death. At the time, his mother said she feared the worst: "I think Max had been digging in some dark places and somebody wanted him dead."