THE death of Isobel Munro remains a mystery, a coroner has said.

At an inquest held yesterday, it was heard that the remains of the 42-year-old, who had been missing for more than six months, were found in deep undergrowth last year.

Miss Munro’s family made a series of desperate appeals for information after she was last seen outside Lloyds Pharmacy in Highcliffe in April 2016.

In November, bones were seen on two separate occasions by dog walkers in Long Meadow, Barton-on-Sea.

Police launched an investigation and discovered the remains of Miss Munro in undergrowth on November 29.

It has been impossible for pathologists to determine the cause of her death due to the lack of soft tissue available to test. She was identified by items found in her handbag and from dental records.

The inquest heard that both Miss Munro and her mother Lesley, with whom she lived, had mental health problems.

Miss Munro, of Latimers Close, Highcliffe, had hearing difficulties, problems with her eyesight, learning difficulties and suffered from anxiety and depression.

Brother Mark Munro told a coroner his sister had attempted suicide on at least two occasions in the past, most recently in 2013.

In her handbag at the scene were a number of empty packets of prescription drugs.

The court heard that it was not possible to get a statement from her mother Lesley due to her mental state and fragility.

Police do not believe there were any suspicious circumstances in Miss Munro’s death.

Senior coroner Grahame Short said: “It is a very sad end to someone I believe was vulnerable and where there were no clear warning signs leading up to her disappearance.”

Mr Short said that due to the condition of her remains there was not enough evidence to say what happened in the last hours of Miss Munro’s life.

Therefore, it was therefore not possible to identify the cause of her death.

Mr Munro spoke of Miss Munro’s “very caring, loving and kind” nature last year as part of an appeal for information.