Betty Brown inquest

An inquest has heard a woman's body was so badly decomposed it was impossible to establish a cause of death.

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Betty Brown was victim of a 'violent attack'

A coroner has said a grandmother whose body was found in woods in Cumbria was probably killed after being subjected to some sort of violent attack with a sexual motive.

Betty Brown's remains were discovered near Longtown in January 2011.

She disappeared in May 2010.

She was naked from the waist down.

Police have always treated the case as suspicious.

Her body was so decomposed, a pathologist was unable to find a cause of death.

Recording an open verdict, Coroner Robert Chapman said on balance, the likelihood was she was attacked and killed in the woods.

Cumbria Police concerned about a 'third party involvement'

Dr Matthew Lyell, the Home Office pathologist who examined Betty Brown's body, said it was severely decomposed and that made an assessment very hard.

Betty's daughter Sarah and her husband gave evidence and said they were expecting her to visit in June and were not expecting her down that weekend.

Sarah and Betty's sister, Maureen both said they did not think she would commit suicide.

The inquest also heard Cumbria Police are concerned about a third party involvement because of where the body was found.


Betty Brown's body was 'badly decomposed'

An inquest has heard a woman's body was so badly decomposed it was impossible to establish a cause of death.

The remains of Betty Brown were discovered in woods in Longtown in Cumbria in January 2011.

She was last seen on 28th May 2010 and its believed she boarded a bus from her home in Edinburgh to come and visit her daughter, who at the time lived in Gretna with her husband and children.

Her body was discovered naked from the waist down, lying face down on the ground.

Her belongings were in two shopping bags found nearby.

Betty Brown death inquest begins

Betty Brown's remains were found in a disused quarry near Longtown in 2011 Credit: ITV News Border

An inquest is set to begin into the death of 56-year-old Betty Brown, whose body was found in woods near Longtown in January 2011.

Mrs Brown, from Hawick, was last seen in May 2010, when it is thought she travelled from Edinburgh to Longtown on a bus.

Her remains were found eight months later in woods near Longtown.

Despite extensive appeals to the public, the police have been unable to find out what happened to her.

Cumbria Police are still treating the death as 'suspicious'.

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