Body of ex-soldier from Dereham undiscovered 'for weeks'

The body of a former soldier from Norfolk probably lay undiscovered at his home for weeks after he died, an inquest has heard.

Roy Anthony Coe, 61, was found dead at his home in Lesley Walk, Dereham, on 22 December last year.

An inquest into his death earlier heard Mr Coe was discovered almost three months after he last spoken to his sister.

Norfolk coroner William Armstrong ruled he had died of natural causes.

Last spoken

Mr Coe, who lived on his own, had enjoyed a distinguished military career both at home and abroad, the hearing was told.

Mr Coe's sister Megan Hutchinson said she had last spoken to her brother on 2 October.

On 22 December, she called police after not being able to raise a response from him.

The inquest heard post-mortem tests had failed to determine how Mr Coe had died but there were no signs of acute trauma.

Although there was insufficient evidence, the coroner found there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Coe's death.

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