An inquest has heard that a woman who fell off her bike and injured her leg froze to death in a cemetery. On ‘one of the coldest nights of the year’.
Woman freezes to death in cemetary: Jacqueline Parsons, 56, lay for 17 hours in sub zero temperatures. Even though two police officers were dispatched to search for her after a dog walker raised the alarm. Police eventually found her body at 9.30am on Sunday 28th October 2018. After being called out at 4.45pm the previous day.
The inquest at Hull Coroner’s Court discovered that she had died of hypothermia as her body temperature dropped below 35C on the night she had the accident. Dr Kirsten Hope said that her death was bought about by her leg injury. Also the alcohol level in her blood stream, which was only just above the legal drink/drive limit.
She went on to say that if she had been found quickly her body temperature could of been raised, saving her from death. Malcolm Cuthbert, Parson’s fiance, said that he had extensively researched the accident. The subsequent death of his girlfriend he believes, is beyond doubt the fault of the police.
He said in a statement. “It was the coldest day of the year when she went missing. And the police search was at twilight, when they would have still been able to see her”
Had a full search taken place by police, then she would have been found. Giving evidence Cuthbert said that he didn’t call the police as she had been out before and not come home.
The dog walker responsible for finding Parsons in Western Cemetery, Hull, said that, due to her leg injury, she couldn’t stand up. And was too heavy to lift. He said that he did not have a mobile phone on him. So raced home and called the police, stressing to them how urgent the situation was. The inquest will continue.
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