December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 31, 2013
A woman whose body was found on a quiet stretch of an east Norfolk beach may have lost her footing and fallen into the sea, an inquest heard.
The body of Rosemary Gray-Scott, 65, who was from Grove Close, Martham, was found at Winterton Ness by a walker on June 1.
An inquest in Norwich yesterday heard that there was no evidence that the mother-of-two, who lived on her own, had any suicidal thoughts, and Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake recorded an open conclusion.
Her death was investigated by Sgt John Cloney, who said there were no suspicious circumstances. He said a key was found near the body, which eventually identified her.
He said nothing was found at her address that indicated any suicidal ideation, and concluded: “It would have been possible for her to have fallen on the beach. Or an accident while paddling is possible. I have fallen over on that beach, so that’s something that cannot be ruled out.”
A report was read out stating that she had no ongoing medical problems and was not on medication, and a post mortem examination gave the cause of death as cold water immersion injury.
John Dix, from Winterton, told the inquest that he was walking on the beach when he spotted “something black” in the water.
He said: “I thought it was a seal, and then when I got closer I saw it was a woman’s body with black clothing on.”
He had a mobile phone with him but could not get a signal, and had to wait for another walker to phone the police.
He added: “The tide had turned and I was worried that the body might be swept out to sea, so we pulled her up onto the dry beach.”
Mrs Lake read out a statement by one of Mrs Gray-Scott’s sons, who said she had moved to Gorleston in 2006, and then to sheltered accommodation in Martham in 2010.
He said when he spoke to his mother on the phone a few weeks before her death, she was not her “usual chirpy self”, and complained about debt problems. She said she had made an appointment with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to talk about her finances. He called her again the week before she died, and said she was in a low mood, but was not talking about taking her own life.