Remains of children's nurse Anne Leitrim lay undiscovered for seven years, inquest heard

Woman's mummified body had been in flat seven years after she died, inquest hears

Woman's mummified body had been in flat seven years after she died, inquest hears

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A CHILDREN’S nurse was found dead in her Bournemouth flat seven years after she is believed to have died, an inquest has heard.

The mummified body of Anne Gabrielle Leitrim, who worked at Homerton University Hospital in London, was discovered after bailiffs came to repossess her home after she failed to make mortgage repayments.

Ms Leitrim had worked at the hospital for seven years.

A spokesman from the hospital said “several attempts” were made to contact her after she did not attend work and it was “not unusual” for staff to leave without giving notice.

He added: “At the time there was a very high turnover of nursing staff particularly in the area where she worked.”

She is believed to have been 58-years-old when she died.

Yesterday an inquest into her death was opened and adjourned at Bournemouth Coroner’s Court. 

The court heard that her body was discovered at her ground floor flat in Tolpuddle Gardens, Throop, on June 24.

Coroner’s officer Allan Young said the nurse, who was originally from Scotland, was found lying on her back underneath her bed.

County court bailiffs, who had been instructed to repossess the flat by the bank, made the grim discovery after entering the property through a window. 

Mr Young said: “Police were called and found the calendar on the wall was dated 2007.”

He added: “Police carried out enquiries with the neighbours, who thought the occupier of the flat had moved out as they had not seen her.”

Coroner for East Dorset, Sheriff Payne, was told Ms Leitrim’s body was identified by DNA profiling.

After conducting a post mortem examination, Dr Vipul Foria, consultant pathologist at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, recorded the cause of death as “unascertained”, the court was told. 

Mr Payne adjourned the inquest until a preliminary date in October to allow further enquiries to be made.

A spokesman from Dorset Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

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1:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Huey says...

Pretty gross.
Pretty gross. Huey
  • Score: -54

1:58pm Thu 14 Aug 14

RM says...

May she rest in peace.
May she rest in peace. RM
  • Score: 61

2:14pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Hessenford says...

Poor woman, how can someone be left for 7 years in that condition, R.I.P
Poor woman, how can someone be left for 7 years in that condition, R.I.P Hessenford
  • Score: 52

2:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

BarrHumbug says...

When this was first reported i'd assumed she was a lonely pensioner, did no one at work miss her or make any enquiries as to where she was?
When this was first reported i'd assumed she was a lonely pensioner, did no one at work miss her or make any enquiries as to where she was? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 50

2:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

lilacfloyd says...

"Coroner’s officer Alan Young told the court Ms Leitrim was found lying on her back underneath her bed in her ground floor flat..."

That sounds a bit odd. Is that a misquote? In her bed maybe?

Anyway a very sad story.
"Coroner’s officer Alan Young told the court Ms Leitrim was found lying on her back underneath her bed in her ground floor flat..." That sounds a bit odd. Is that a misquote? In her bed maybe? Anyway a very sad story. lilacfloyd
  • Score: 35

2:32pm Thu 14 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

Tragic and at only 58 the poor lady was a lot younger than we were originally led to believe.

But I wish someone could fully explain how the large opening window in this ground floor flat was apparently left open/ajar for the entire seven years - and yet neighbours say they thought she had vacated the premises. And then what happened to her car, which was previously reported as having disappeared during this same seven year period of time.

(This property in Tolpuddle Gardens is in the centre of Muscliff near Epiphany School and alongside the main Muscliff GP Surgery - not in Throop at all!)
Tragic and at only 58 the poor lady was a lot younger than we were originally led to believe. But I wish someone could fully explain how the large opening window in this ground floor flat was apparently left open/ajar for the entire seven years - and yet neighbours say they thought she had vacated the premises. And then what happened to her car, which was previously reported as having disappeared during this same seven year period of time. (This property in Tolpuddle Gardens is in the centre of Muscliff near Epiphany School and alongside the main Muscliff GP Surgery - not in Throop at all!) muscliffman
  • Score: 34

3:28pm Thu 14 Aug 14

intolerant says...

How very sad that not one person missed her in all of those 7 years.
How very sad that not one person missed her in all of those 7 years. intolerant
  • Score: 41

3:36pm Thu 14 Aug 14

High Treason says...

Why did the service industries not become suspicious regarding her bills. Hardly be using much gas and electricity and she never responded to the electoral register form. Dd she never get any mail, must have been a huge mound and postie never noticed. More to this than simply her body under the bed, maybe hiding there from an intruder.
Why did the service industries not become suspicious regarding her bills. Hardly be using much gas and electricity and she never responded to the electoral register form. Dd she never get any mail, must have been a huge mound and postie never noticed. More to this than simply her body under the bed, maybe hiding there from an intruder. High Treason
  • Score: 34

3:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

spooki says...

muscliffman wrote:
Tragic and at only 58 the poor lady was a lot younger than we were originally led to believe.

But I wish someone could fully explain how the large opening window in this ground floor flat was apparently left open/ajar for the entire seven years - and yet neighbours say they thought she had vacated the premises. And then what happened to her car, which was previously reported as having disappeared during this same seven year period of time.

(This property in Tolpuddle Gardens is in the centre of Muscliff near Epiphany School and alongside the main Muscliff GP Surgery - not in Throop at all!)
There's SO many questions here and not enough answers.
Why was she under the bed? Who had her pension? Where was her money? Was it in a direct debit so the power services could just take the money? I'm assuming that's why the bailiffs eventually came round, it must have just run out. Landlord? Council? And her window had been open all this time?
The saddest question is, why did no one notice this woman hadn't been seen for SEVEN years?
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Tragic and at only 58 the poor lady was a lot younger than we were originally led to believe. But I wish someone could fully explain how the large opening window in this ground floor flat was apparently left open/ajar for the entire seven years - and yet neighbours say they thought she had vacated the premises. And then what happened to her car, which was previously reported as having disappeared during this same seven year period of time. (This property in Tolpuddle Gardens is in the centre of Muscliff near Epiphany School and alongside the main Muscliff GP Surgery - not in Throop at all!)[/p][/quote]There's SO many questions here and not enough answers. Why was she under the bed? Who had her pension? Where was her money? Was it in a direct debit so the power services could just take the money? I'm assuming that's why the bailiffs eventually came round, it must have just run out. Landlord? Council? And her window had been open all this time? The saddest question is, why did no one notice this woman hadn't been seen for SEVEN years? spooki
  • Score: 36

5:32pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Peroni says...

High Treason wrote:
Why did the service industries not become suspicious regarding her bills. Hardly be using much gas and electricity and she never responded to the electoral register form. Dd she never get any mail, must have been a huge mound and postie never noticed. More to this than simply her body under the bed, maybe hiding there from an intruder.
Yes that electoral register , I got letters and threats of people that they would send ( and did !) knocking on my door.
How was this woman left like this , very frightening to think that she was under her bed ?
How was it that the gas and electric payments were just taken for so many years and no meter readings ?
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: Why did the service industries not become suspicious regarding her bills. Hardly be using much gas and electricity and she never responded to the electoral register form. Dd she never get any mail, must have been a huge mound and postie never noticed. More to this than simply her body under the bed, maybe hiding there from an intruder.[/p][/quote]Yes that electoral register , I got letters and threats of people that they would send ( and did !) knocking on my door. How was this woman left like this , very frightening to think that she was under her bed ? How was it that the gas and electric payments were just taken for so many years and no meter readings ? Peroni
  • Score: 22

6:59pm Thu 14 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

The worst thing about this and all similar stories is that years later the first people to find the person are bailiffs once all avenues are exhaused of getting money... Not concerned locals, family, friends, colleagues, bailiffs after money/and or property.
The worst thing about this and all similar stories is that years later the first people to find the person are bailiffs once all avenues are exhaused of getting money... Not concerned locals, family, friends, colleagues, bailiffs after money/and or property. FerryFan
  • Score: 35

8:39pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Gingertree says...

Why did nobody notice what must have been a pungent smell from decomposition And surely the place must have been infested with bluebottles and flys Something defiantly doesn't add up with this whole situation
Why did nobody notice what must have been a pungent smell from decomposition And surely the place must have been infested with bluebottles and flys Something defiantly doesn't add up with this whole situation Gingertree
  • Score: 19

9:11pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Avengerboy says...

Under the bed ....................
..
Under the bed .................... .. Avengerboy
  • Score: 9

9:35pm Thu 14 Aug 14

whersmycuffigcufflinks says...

Wonderful neighbours.
Wonderful neighbours. whersmycuffigcufflinks
  • Score: -21

1:01am Fri 15 Aug 14

Bmthman says...

Such a shame that the lowest and least empathetic human beings discovered her body and her sad story.
Such a shame that the lowest and least empathetic human beings discovered her body and her sad story. Bmthman
  • Score: -6

1:26am Fri 15 Aug 14

Ragwin says...

Just shows what a terrible job Adult Social Services are doing.
Just shows what a terrible job Adult Social Services are doing. Ragwin
  • Score: -13

9:06am Fri 15 Aug 14

folkprotector says...

Dorset Police do not consider this to be a suspicious death. Yet there are so many unanswered questions, as already raised in other comments. The more we're told about this poor lady the more answers are needed.
Time for a more detailed investigation?
Dorset Police do not consider this to be a suspicious death. Yet there are so many unanswered questions, as already raised in other comments. The more we're told about this poor lady the more answers are needed. Time for a more detailed investigation? folkprotector
  • Score: 12

9:21am Fri 15 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

Welcome to neighbourly caring Britain.
Welcome to neighbourly caring Britain. BIGTONE
  • Score: 11

10:01am Fri 15 Aug 14

penhalereturns says...

Council tax, rent/mortgage, water bills, electric & gas bills, phone bills, employer concern, and no one thought to get in there and check if anything untoward had happened, I don't believe that, so much for the caring society we supposedly live in today.
What a sad way to go,alone and uncared for, may you finally R.I.P
Council tax, rent/mortgage, water bills, electric & gas bills, phone bills, employer concern, and no one thought to get in there and check if anything untoward had happened, I don't believe that, so much for the caring society we supposedly live in today. What a sad way to go,alone and uncared for, may you finally R.I.P penhalereturns
  • Score: 11

10:02am Fri 15 Aug 14

borderbonkers says...

Re the worry over her being found beneath her bed - well, I used to do call out work at night and it was not uncommon to find people in unusual positions, having passed away naturally.

I know its unpleasant to think about it, but she could have felt unwell whilst in her bed, attempted get out, collapsed, and rolled just before passing away.

Very sad, and perhaps a good reason to make sure we all at least acknowledge our neighbours from time to time.
Re the worry over her being found beneath her bed - well, I used to do call out work at night and it was not uncommon to find people in unusual positions, having passed away naturally. I know its unpleasant to think about it, but she could have felt unwell whilst in her bed, attempted get out, collapsed, and rolled just before passing away. Very sad, and perhaps a good reason to make sure we all at least acknowledge our neighbours from time to time. borderbonkers
  • Score: 10

11:50am Fri 15 Aug 14

rozmister says...

spooki wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Tragic and at only 58 the poor lady was a lot younger than we were originally led to believe.

But I wish someone could fully explain how the large opening window in this ground floor flat was apparently left open/ajar for the entire seven years - and yet neighbours say they thought she had vacated the premises. And then what happened to her car, which was previously reported as having disappeared during this same seven year period of time.

(This property in Tolpuddle Gardens is in the centre of Muscliff near Epiphany School and alongside the main Muscliff GP Surgery - not in Throop at all!)
There's SO many questions here and not enough answers.
Why was she under the bed? Who had her pension? Where was her money? Was it in a direct debit so the power services could just take the money? I'm assuming that's why the bailiffs eventually came round, it must have just run out. Landlord? Council? And her window had been open all this time?
The saddest question is, why did no one notice this woman hadn't been seen for SEVEN years?
If she was 58 it's unlikely she had a pension unless she had a private one that had paid out early due to sickness. Clearly no one knew her very well as her neighbours reported she was a pensioner when in fact she was much younger, with her working away & today's society I suppose she just disappeared.
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Tragic and at only 58 the poor lady was a lot younger than we were originally led to believe. But I wish someone could fully explain how the large opening window in this ground floor flat was apparently left open/ajar for the entire seven years - and yet neighbours say they thought she had vacated the premises. And then what happened to her car, which was previously reported as having disappeared during this same seven year period of time. (This property in Tolpuddle Gardens is in the centre of Muscliff near Epiphany School and alongside the main Muscliff GP Surgery - not in Throop at all!)[/p][/quote]There's SO many questions here and not enough answers. Why was she under the bed? Who had her pension? Where was her money? Was it in a direct debit so the power services could just take the money? I'm assuming that's why the bailiffs eventually came round, it must have just run out. Landlord? Council? And her window had been open all this time? The saddest question is, why did no one notice this woman hadn't been seen for SEVEN years?[/p][/quote]If she was 58 it's unlikely she had a pension unless she had a private one that had paid out early due to sickness. Clearly no one knew her very well as her neighbours reported she was a pensioner when in fact she was much younger, with her working away & today's society I suppose she just disappeared. rozmister
  • Score: 6

6:49pm Fri 15 Aug 14

isthisit says...

What about her missing car where did that go !
DVLA should know if she sold it before her death,they will know who its registered to now .
The poor woman was found under her bed thats odd,its a sad tragic story indeed but I think that maybe there is more to come out of this!
What about her missing car where did that go ! DVLA should know if she sold it before her death,they will know who its registered to now . The poor woman was found under her bed thats odd,its a sad tragic story indeed but I think that maybe there is more to come out of this! isthisit
  • Score: 3

7:18pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Tripod says...

"Several attempts' made to contact woman found mummified in her home seven years after death".

@Echo:
Someone should be sacked for posting a headline like that!
"Several attempts' made to contact woman found mummified in her home seven years after death". @Echo: Someone should be sacked for posting a headline like that! Tripod
  • Score: 4

8:52am Wed 20 Aug 14

NickTheGreekinBmth says...

Ragwin wrote:
Just shows what a terrible job Adult Social Services are doing.
Why would social services be involved? Did she have a known mental illness, or a physical or learning disability? She wasn't an elderly lady needing home care. Why would they be involved with her?
[quote][p][bold]Ragwin[/bold] wrote: Just shows what a terrible job Adult Social Services are doing.[/p][/quote]Why would social services be involved? Did she have a known mental illness, or a physical or learning disability? She wasn't an elderly lady needing home care. Why would they be involved with her? NickTheGreekinBmth
  • Score: 1

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