Missing man found hanged inquest told

hang''Nicholas Walton, from Dronfield - went missing in Aug 2010''He has been found and formally identified
hang''Nicholas Walton, from Dronfield - went missing in Aug 2010''He has been found and formally identified
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A TROUBLED man was found hanged in woodland close to where his brother died three years earlier.

The body of Nicholas Walton, of Dronfield, who went missing last August, was found hanged from a tree in Wigley, near Chesterfield, last October.

His brother, Christopher, died in May 2007 - and his body was found hanged in Linacre reservoir woods, a nearby beauty spot.

Their father, plumber Anthony Walton, told a Chesterfield inquest: “Whether Nick wanted to do it to be with his brother, I don’t know.”

Mr Walton, aged 45, suffered from depression and anxiety and was admitted to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital last May after taking an overdose of paracetamol and anti-depressants.

The tiler slashed both wrists in hospital. He was transferred to a Bradford psychiatric hospital and was then under the care of a clinic and appeared stable and denied any thoughts of suicide.

He moved back into his parents’ home in Paddock Way, Dronfield, and told mental health staff he would not commit suicide because of the effect his brother’s death had had on the family.

But the inquest heard he was reported missing from home and his car was found at Linacre - prompting woodland searches by police and rescue workers.

Mr Walton’s body was found almost four weeks later in a nearby wood.

Deputy north Derbyshire coroner Nigel Anderson said circumstances pointed towards suicide but he had to be sure beyond doubt and there was insufficient evidence, such as a suicide note or recent statement of intent to kill himself. He recorded an open verdict.