Sheffield woman’s cause of death still a mystery after inquest

Dora Daniel
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A coroner has ruled that the cause of a Sheffield woman’s death is ‘unknown’ after she was found dead in her flat with a bag of white powder.

Dora Daniel, aged 27, of Elmore Road in Crookes, was found by police after friends raised concerns about her.

Assistant deputy coroner Louise Slater returned a narrative verdict at Sheffield Coroner’s Court.

She said: “Miss Daniel was found dead in her bed on February 8, 2015.

“The circumstances in which Miss Daniel was found could suggest that drugs may have played a part in her death, however, this was not confirmed by the toxicological investigation.

“Therefore, the exact cause of Miss Daniel’s death remains unknown.”

Ms Slater said ‘no stone had been left unturned’ during the investigation into how Dora died and that ‘all possible avenues had been exhausted.’

Speaking after the inquest, Dora’s mother, Patricia Daniel, aged 63, said: “We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to Ms Slater for the way she conducted the inquest. We feel that the verdict is probably the best we could have expected.”

Mrs Daniel also paid tribute to the family members and friends of Dora who sat through the two-day inquest.

“I couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.

“I couldn’t have got through this without their support because we’ve been waiting seven months for the inquest.

“I got through this with my friends, family and Dora’s friends.

“This experience has brought me closer to them and through this, Dora has left a precious legacy.”

Dora’s friends told detectives that Dora was ‘upbeat’ and was looking forward to visiting friends in London for her birthday.

Despite battles with mental health problems, Dora was not classed as ‘suicidal’ by her GP and was ‘determined’ to overcome her illness.

The white powder found near her body was found to be paracetamol and caffeine.

Three separate toxicology reports did not find anything to suggest that prescription drugs contributed to an overdose.

Dora’s family have set up a web site to remember her life which highlights her struggle with mental health problems.

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