A British student was found dead on a remote beach after hitchhiking to camp at a wild beauty spot, an inquest heard.
Jyothi Pillay, 27, travelled to Canada in January 2018, living in Montreal for three months before gong to Gasp on the east coast the following April
Jyothi, an architecture postgraduate at Central Saint Martins in London, purchased a sleeping bag and hitchhiked south along the coast towards the small coastal town of Perce.
She was picked up by two individuals who dropped her in Perce and were the last people to see Joythi alive.
On April 9, 2017, her body was discovered on a beach near the town by a paddle boarder.
Her personal belongings were found close by on the beach.
Paramedics assessed her and she was declared dead later at hospital.
A report read at her inquest in Bristol today from Canadian coroner Steeve Poission found she likely drowned, ruling out suicide or foul play.
Friends, family and teachers paid tribute to Jyothi online at the time of the tragedy.
They described her as “idealistic and smart” with a “great sense of humour”.
In memory of Jyothi, Central Saint Martins University established the Jyothi Pillay Memorial Prize to preserve her memory.
It recognises architectural students with “talent, compassion and sensitivity”.
It will be awarded annually to a graduating M. ARCH Architecture student who demonstrates a “talent, compassion and sensitivity for community engagement.”
In a speech announcing the prize her tutor Dr Melanie Dodd said: “Jyothi was curious, independent, and a talented young architect.
“What shone through all her projects was a deep curiosity and willingness to engage with other people in the community, often those marginalized or under-represented, and to use her architectural knowledge and expertise as a force for assisting people.”
Joythi, who was born and raised in the UK was of with Indian heritage, she had lived in Bristol with her family before going to university.