Mum's tragic death remains a mystery
9:20am Sunday 27th October 2013 in NW
A MUM-of-two who died unexpectedly at her Leigh home was ‘troubled', an inquest into her death heard.
Dawn Crowther had struggled with anxiety and depression in the past but seemed to have overcome these by the time of her death but still had difficulty sleeping.
She was discovered on the floor of an upstairs bedroom of her Meadows Crescent home on July 18.
A subsequent toxicology analysis of her blood, ordered after no natural cause of death could be found, revealed she had three times the fatal amount of Tramadol in her blood, a painkiller she had been prescribed for back pain.
Her mother Joan Buck told the inquest: “She had spoken of taking her own life before and told me there were three letters on top of the fridge for when she did it for me and the kids to open when they were older.
“But in the last eight months she had completely changed and was almost a different person. I don’t believe she took her own life because she would have left letters for us. She always had trouble sleeping and would have taken anything to help her.”
Bolton Coroners Court also heard how Dawn had struggled with alcohol in the past but the alcohol levels in her blood were ‘relatively low’ and several bottles of alcohol found at her house were either unopened or untouched.
Police officers who discovered Dawn’s body found insulin needles, taken from her mother, and an empty sleeve of Zidol – confirmed to be Tramadol – in the room.
Dawn, aged 39, was reported missing by a friend after she failed to pick her daughter up from school.
Mrs Buck said: “I thought she wasn’t answering her phone or my texts because she was just sulking after I told her I wouldn’t help her out with money anymore.”
Coroner Jennifer Leeming recorded an open verdict due to insufficient evidence.
She said: “There was a huge amount of Tramadol in her blood but not a great number of tablets missing. Dawn was clearly a troubled person but there is a lot more to this as well and she has left questions to the last.”
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