A BRITISH UFO hunter who died after vomiting two litres of black liquid had his laptop wiped by authorities before it was returned to his family, a court today heard.
Mystery has shrouded the sudden death of Max Spiers, 39, of Canterbury, Kent, who was in Poland for a conference in July 2016 when his body was discovered by a friend.
Facebook Max Spiers was found dead in Poland and it was ruled that he died from natural causes despite no post-mortem examination being carried out
Polish authorities concluded he died of natural causes, but his mum says he sent her a text days before he died instructing her to “investigate” should anything happen to him.
Finally, more than two years after his death an inquest date has been set and is likely to be held over four days in January 2019.
A pre-inquest review at Guildhall in Sandwich, Kent, today heard that the contents of the dad-of-two’s laptop and a mobile phone will be analysed.
The barrister for Mr Spiers’ mum, Adam Taylor, called for members of the Polish emergency services to appear as witnesses at the inquest after a “number of discrepancies” in their accounts of his death.
Facebook Max made a career out of investigating UFO sightings and alleged cover-ups.
Mr Taylor told the hearing: “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.”
The Sun Heartbroken … Mum Vanessa says her son sent her a text warning her to ‘investigate’ should anything happen to him
He also said possible evidence over whether disciplinary proceedings were brought against police officers in Poland over Mr Spiers’ death should be heard at the inquest.
Science fiction writer Monika Duvall, a friend who Mr Bates had reportedly been living with at the time of his death, was also asked to attend the inquest.
Speaking afterwards, his mum Vanessa Bates 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.”
The Sun Max Spiers’s girlfriend Sarah Adams, 31, has previously spoken out about his mysterious death
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.”
After Mr Spiers’ body was repatriated to the UK, doctors at a Margate hospital were unable to determine the cause of his death.
An initial inquest in Canterbury opened in December 2016 when the court heard he vomited two litres of black fluid, but the inquest was adjourned last year.
The court heard Mr Spiers had been on holiday was a friend in Cyprus before heading to Poland where he was speaking at a conference.
Shortly before his death, Mr Spiers was said to have been probing into the lives of well-known figures in politics, business and entertainment.
At the time his mum Vanessa said she feared the worst: “I think Max had been digging in some dark places and somebody wanted him dead.”
Her theory was shared by many online, with other conspiracy theorists, UFO investigators and bloggers calling the circumstances of Mr Spiers’ death suspicious.