Inquest of missing Doncaster woman found in field

Missing woman Marilyn White.
Missing woman Marilyn White.
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A woman with a history of depression killed herself a year after discharge from mental health services, her inquest heard.

Marilyn White, aged 55, had been discharged from the care of mental health workers at her request in February 2013 after making positive improvements.

However, her inquest heard that, unbeknown to care workers, Mrs White, of Havercroft, Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, had stopped taking her medication and her mental health took a turn for the worse in April 2014.

Mrs White was discovered in a field near her home on November 29 with a ligature around her neck – two days after a police search was mounted after she was reported missing.

A note found in Mrs White’s pocket read: “I have taken my own life nobody else is involved. I had given up on it and it was time to go.”

Commenting on Mrs White’s mental health in the months before her discharge, social worker Robert Northwood said: “There was no evidence to suggest to me she was unsettled in her mental health.

“She was cheerful, she had a sense of humour about things and was optimistic about the future.”

The inquest heard Mrs White, a retail assistant at Dunelm, had a brother Clive Moore who was in Rampton Secure Hospital after murdering his wife and mother-in-law 20 years ago.

In 2009, care workers reported Mrs White had growing concerns about her brother’s mental state.

Giving evidence Mrs White’s sister Maureen Moore said: “I personally think her depression consumed her.”

Coroner Nicola Mundy, recording a verdict of suicide, said Mrs White’s cause of death was asphyxia.