Pensioner in river death 'had been depressed'
News from The Evening Telegraph.
Published Date: 17 June 2009
A PENSIONER with a history of depression was found dead at a picturesque beauty spot, an inquest has heard.
Henry Merry (75), of Stonebridge, Orton Longueville, was discovered in the River Nene, near Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough, just after noon on Friday, March 20, this year.
Mr Merry's wife, Pearl, had reported him missing earlier in the morning, sparking a frantic search involving the police helicopter.
However, the inquest, at Peterborough Magistrates' Court yesterday, heard that by the time the helicopter had located Mr Merry's body, it was already too late.
The inquest heard that Mr Merry had suffered from depression in the '80s, and was on a course of anti-depressants in March this year.
Mrs Merry said that, in the past, her husband had once said he had thought about jumping in the river, but there had been no indication that he was contemplating suicide recently.
She said: "I knew he was very depressed and not coping well, but he had never said a word about wanting to take his own life."
City coroner Gordon Ryall recorded an open verdict.
The full article contains 188 words and appears in Peterborough ET newspaper.
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- Last Updated: 17 June 2009 9:54 AM
- Source: Peterborough ET
- Location: Peterborough