A coroner has revealed that 23-year-old nurse Laurie Jones, whose body was found inside a car in the Sirhowy river on October 1, died from drowning and a head injury.
Miss Jones, from Pontllanfraith, was last seen leaving the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff after finishing a shift at around 1.40am on Tuesday, October 1.
Miss Jones was driving along the B4251 road between Ynysddu and Wylie when the accident happened.
Police are continuing with their enquiries but there is no third party involvement suspected.
Officers are not treating her death as suspicious and specialist offices are supporting her family.
A spokesman for Gwent Police said: “Officers are not treating her death as suspicious and specialist offices are supporting her family at this tragic time.
“Laurie’s family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support, and for sharing the appeal to help find Laurie when she was reported as missing. They ask that they are now left alone to grieve in private as a family.
“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Laurie Jones at this tragic time.”
Miss Jones’ parents have described their girl as “the best daughter anyone could have”.
Speaking to WalesOnline, her father Simon said she was a confident driver and had made the commute between the hospital and the family home hundreds of times.
He said: “We just don’t know what happened.”
Chief Executive Len Richards and Executive Nurse Director Ruth Walker said: “Cardiff and Vale University Health Board would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Laurie Jones.
“Laurie worked as a staff nurse in our Paediatric Emergency Unit.
“This is a tragic loss to both her family and the NHS of a young and talented nurse who chose a career caring for others.
“We will be offering support to colleagues and on behalf of the UHB we would like to extend our deepest sympathies.”