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'Bubbly' uni worker died at home alone.

A "BUBBLY and generous" Cardiff University security worker died alone after becoming socially reclusive, an inquest heard yesterday.

Colette Jones, a 42-yearold security campus patrol officer, was found dead on October 17 at her home in Cathays, where she lived alone.

An inquest held at Cardiff Coroner's Court yesterday heard that she had not turned up for work two days in a row, so concerned colleagues went to her home in Victoria Mews, Australia Road.

The curtains were closed and there was no answer so they called the emergency services.

A statement read aloud from the attending officer, PC Iain Bell, revealed there were shopping bags in the kitchen.

There were also several packets of insulin next to the bed where Miss Jones' was found as well as a number of white tablets laid out on tissue in the wardrobe.

Police also found handwritten messages. But coroner Thomas Atherton recorded an open verdict, saying he could not be sure Miss Jones intended to commit suicide.

"Colette left some notes which indicated she intended to take her own life," he said. "It's too easy in this case to assume that because she wrote a note that she intended to take her own life."

Miss Jones' family told the inquest that about four months before her death she became reclusive.

After her death, the family said people packed into Bethlehem Chapel, Treorchy, for her funeral with friends making red bows for people to wear - her favourite colour.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 17, 2014
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