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Reason why Thetford man took his own life a mystery

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 May 2011

Mystery surrounds the reason why an unemployed Thetford man ended his life in woodland on the outskirts of the town after being reported missing.

Ricky Whittred, 31, of Ulfkell Road, did not leave a note and did not have a history of mental health problems prior to his death in woods 
at Barnham Cross Common on July 16, an inquest 
heard.

The discovery of his body followed a search involving police and the Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue (NORLSAR) team, a group of volunteers who specialise in finding missing people.

Jacqueline Lake, deputy coroner for Norfolk, read out a statement to Yarmouth magistrates court from PC David Reed.

He was patrolling with PC Chris Kay when he was called at 4pm to help the NORLSAR team with their search at Barnham Cross Common and searched the woods, finding the body hanging 100 metres away from Bury Road.

The inquest also heard a statement from Mr Whittred’s doctor Christopher Riddell, who last saw his patient in 2007, but said he had not been depressed and there was no evidence he intended to take his own life.

Summing up, Mrs Lake said: “In view of the nature of his death, I am satisfied Mr Whittred intended to take his own life and record a verdict of suicide.”


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