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The Teeside Gazette
by Mark Welford, Evening Gazette
Dec 10 2008
AN OPEN verdict has been recorded into the death of a man who was found drowned in the River Tees.
Alfred Nelson Tidy, a retired scrap dealer from Thornaby, had a history of mental health problems and had previously spoken about ending his life by jumping into the Tees.
The 64-year-old was found dead on May 5 by a fisherman in water adjacent to the Wolfson Research Institute building, on Durham University’s Queen’s Campus in Teesdale.
He was last seen alive by his wife Kathleen Tidy at their home in Palmerston Court on the morning of April 18. He left at around 10.30am and Mrs Tidy informed police hours later that her husband was missing.
Mr Tidy had “received extensive medical help” including treatment from Stockton’s Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team and was taking tablets and medication.
In the last few months of his life the inquest heard how his depression had become worse and he had become withdrawn. He also suffered from panic attacks and chronic anxiety.
Pathologist Dr Jonathan Hoffman said that the cause of death was drowning. A toxicology report had also revealed that the amount of anti-depressants found in Mr Tidy’s body was unrelated to the cause of death.
Recording an open verdict, Mr Sheffield said Mr Tidy may have intended to end his life but “in this case there may be other possible explanations… as no-one saw precisely what happened.