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Mystery over grandmother's drowning.

A GRANDMOTHER was found dead in a river after going missing from home.

Dorothy Ann ColamAinsworth, known to family and friends as Ann, was discovered in the River Holme at Armitage Bridge on February 13.

She had been reported missing the day before by husband of 37 years Anthony Colam-Ainsworth.

At an inquest into her death yesterday at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court, coroner Roger Whittaker said he could not rule whether she intended to take her own life or if it was a tragic accident.

The inquest heard that Mrs Colam-Ainsworth, 64, left her home on Meltham Road, Lockwood, early on February 12.

Her husband woke to discover her missing and a police search recovered her body from the river the following day.

She had a history of depression since giving birth in 1973 and was a carer to her late mother for more than 30 years.

In a statement read in court, her husband said: "I don't think she suffered from depression. She told me several times that she wasn't depressed."

Her GP, Dr Elizabeth Brook, said she had treated Mrs Colam-Ainsworth on and off for depression since she joined the Meltham Road Surgery in 2002.

Dr Brook said Mrs Colam-Ainsworth had mentioned feelings of suicide and anxiety, but she believed it was frustration at still needing medication.

Pathologist Dr Richard Knight said the cause of her death was drowning due to submersion in water.

Coroner Mr Whittaker said: "It goes against something her husband said which was that he didn't feel she was depressed. Her medical history shows that she was treated for depression.

"I am not satisfied that either she died by accidentally falling into the river or that she deliberately placed herself in the river for the purpose of killing herself."

He recorded an open verdict.


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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 16, 2009
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