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.
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