TRAGIC party girl Sade Russell was found by two Salvation Army workers lying in the street in just a dressing gown only hours before she died, an inquest heard.
The 21-year-old had had a drink problem since her early teens - although her family said she wouldn’t admit it - and she may have taken drugs in the hours before she died, the court was also told.
Sade was found by two Salvation Army hostel workers in the hours leading up to her death lying in Lordens Hill, Dinnington, wearing only a dressing gown.
The people who found her contacted her mother who took her back to the family home in Addison Square, Dinnington, where Sade fell asleep in her room.
Her sisters, Jasmine and Mellisa, checked on her and just before 1am she was found cross-legged and slumped forward on her bed. They called for medical help and tried to resuscitate her but by the time paramedics arrived she was dead.
Sade’s devastated father Wayne Russell told Rotherham Coroner Nicola Mundy that the former Wales High School pupil was “a lovely lass, full of life”.
“She liked going out,” he said. “She loved going out with her two sisters and her aunties. We are just so shocked about what’s happened, it hasn’t sunk in yet. We are in shock.”
Police believe Sade may have taken drugs in the hours before she died early last Sunday, the Doncaster inquest was told.
It also emerged the warehouse worker had been drinking since the age of 13 and was classed as alcohol-dependent.
Mr Russell, aged 47, said she “wouldn’t admit” to having an alcohol problem. “She just liked a drink,” he added.
Det Con Alan Marshall, of Rotherham CID, said Sade - who also used cannabis - had borrowed money last Saturday afternoon from her mother, Michelle, to buy two bottles of Lambrini wine.
She then attended a party in Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington, and later visited two other addresses in the village, where at one property she had access to the heroin substitute methadone.
Det Con Marshall said she is believed to have had sex during the evening before being found in Lordens Hill in a dressing gown.
He added Sade’s death was being treated as suspicious, but that a post-mortem examination had so far proved inconclusive and the results of toxicology tests were awaited.
Two men from Dinnington, aged 33 and 53, have been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.
Sade’s parents told the inquest they were desperate for her body to be released so they could make arrangements for her funeral.
“We won’t be happy until we’ve got Sade back and we can get on with the funeral,” Mr Russell said.
But, expressing her sympathies to the family, coroner Ms Mundy said she could not release the body until police inquiries have been completed.
The inquest was adjourned to await the results of the toxicology tests.
Police have appealed for people in the Dinnington community not to speculate about how Sade died.
South Yorkshire Police said they are keeping “an open mind” - and asked local residents to do the same.
Det Sgt Ian Proffitt said: “Naturally there has been speculation, both in the community and on social networking sites, about Sade’s death.
“But officers are conducting a criminal investigation and we’d remind people to avoid speculation or conjecture as it might hinder, rather than help.”