A 24-year-old woman has drowned in the bath after she reportedly hit her neck on the edge and slipped under the water in a freak accident.
The incident took place at the apartment where the victim, identified as Flavia, was living with her boyfriend and his family in the city of Deva located in the western Romanian country of Hunedoara.
The young woman was said to be alone in the flat when the incident happened.. Her boyfriend came home and found her unconscious in the bathtub.
He immediately called the emergency services who arrived on the scene and tried to resuscitate the 24-year-old, but to no avail.
Flavia Ioana, 24, was found submerged in her bath tub after a freak accident left her paralysed
She was reportedly found without any signs of violence on her body and it is believed that she passed out in the bath.
Police spokesperson Bogdan Nitu told local media: 'A criminal case has been opened and the circumstances behind the death will be established.'
Speculation that she consumed an illegal substance before taking a bath have not been confirmed, and the autopsy results are expected to shed more light on her physical state at the time.
Miss Ioana was living with her boyfriend`s family in Deva, Romania. She reportedly hit her neck on the edge of the bath and slipped under the water
Her brother said on social media: 'I know you are all waiting for the results of my sister's autopsy.
'The conclusion of a preliminary investigation says that she drowned after sliding under the water surface.
'Her neck hit the edge of the bath and paralysis was caused by the damage to the nerve fibres in her spinal cord.
'She effectively drowned by herself without being aware or feeling any pain. God rest her soul.'
The investigation continues.
The young woman was said to be alone in the flat when the incident happened. Her boyfriend came home and found her unconscious in the bathtub