Cumbria

Betty Brown inquest: Body was found 'semi-naked'

  • 25 February 2013
  • From the section Cumbria
Elizabeth Brown
Image caption Mrs Brown was last seen alive on 28 May 2010

The body of a woman whose remains were found in woods in Cumbria was "semi-naked", an inquest heard.

Elizabeth "Betty" Brown, 56, was last seen alive on 28 May 2010 on the No 3 bus in Nicholson Street, Edinburgh.

Her remains were found by a dog walker on 18 January 2011, in a wooded area between Longtown and Gretna.

An inquest at Carlisle Crown Court on Monday, heard how the circumstances surrounding her death were "hazy" and there was no "certain evidence".

The court heard how Mrs Brown travelled on the X95 bus from Edinburgh to Longtown in Cumbria where she would normally have been picked up by her daughter.

However, her daughter was unaware of her journey and said it was "uncharacteristic" to visit unscheduled.

'Badly decomposed'

The care worker's remains were found close to a quarry, along with two Aldi bags.

The hearing heard how Mrs Brown was found "naked from the waist down", but the pathologist sad the body was "so badly decomposed" it was "impossible" to ascertain how she died.

However, the coroner added they could not rule out an attack just because there was no evidence to support it.

In court, her family confirmed Mrs Brown had suffered from "alcohol issues" but said they did not believe she would have committed suicide.

The hearing continues.

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