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.
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.
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'.
The inquest into the death of a man who died while on holiday in the Lake District is due to take place in Kendal.
Chris Bainbridge died of suspected Carbon Monoxide poisoning while camping with his wife at the 'Quiet Site' caravan park in Watermillock at Ullswater.
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The inquest into the death of a teenager from Carlisle has heard that he died from head injuries after falling around 40 feet from a balcony whilst on holiday.
Tom McNeill had been on an organised pub crawl in the Bulgarian resort of Sunny Beach the night he died, but a friend said that he wasn't very drunk. A pillow was seen by a witness on top of the wall of the balcony and it's thought the 17 year old might have fallen off after falling asleep.
The inquest is taking place today into the death of a Carlisle teenager who fell off a balcony whilst on holiday in Bulgaria last year. 17 year old Tom McNeill was in the resort of Sunny Beach with school friend Jordan Robson and his family, when the accident happened.
An inquest is due to resume today into the deaths of an elderly couple at their home in Kendal.
It's thought 92 year old Stanley Wilson stabbed his 89 year old wife Peggy before taking his own life.
The inquest has heard from mental heallth professionals who said Mr Wilson had wrongly believed his wife was trying to poison him.
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The inquest heard how the grandfather became convinced his wife was trying to poison himRead the full story ›