Mum-of-two found dead in lake was depressed

Sheffield missing person Sally Webster.
Sheffield missing person Sally Webster.
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A SHEFFIELD woman found dead in a freezing reservoir two months after she went missing from home may have stumbled and fell to the icy water an inquest was told.

Mum of two Sally Webster disappeared from her home in Laird Avenue, Wisewood on Saturday November 20, 2010 after an argument with her husband Lee.

Her fully clothed body was found in Dam Flask on January 14 2011. A post mortem found she was uninjured and had drowned.

Pathologist Dr Phillip Lumb said tests on her blood indicated she was three times over the legal drink drive limit when she died and added: “She was intoxicated substantially with alcohol at the time of death. This may have made her very unsteady on her feet.”

GP Dr Elizabeth Cooper of Dykes hall Medical Centre, said Sally, who worked as a sales assistant at Within Reason on Devonshire Street, fell into depression when her mum died. The doctor prescribed anti-depressants for what she described as a “significant depressive illness.”

Sally’s husband Lee aged 51, a civil servant, told the hearing that Sally was a lovely, gentle and private person who kept everything to herself, including the state of her health.

He explained they were on their way to Chatsworth but he turned the car around and returned home to work on their extension after they rowed. But when he came down from the roof several hours later she had gone.

DC Ian Rawlins explained the search for Sally had been held up by freezing weather and that her body was discovered only when ice on the dam finally melted. There were no suspicious circumstances and he said it was possible she could have stumbled.

Coroner Julian Fox recorded a narrative verdict.