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The inquest has been held into the death of the deputy headmaster of Durham School. 50-year-old Mark Bushnell went missing on March 8 and was found on the beach at Blackhall in County Durham two weeks later. There was an extensive search for him when he disappeared.
The County Durham coroner, Andrew Tweddle, recorded an open verdict at the hearing in Crook. He said he had to be sure beyond reasonable doubt and he wasn't certain that Mr Bushnell intended to take his life or that it was an accident.
Joanna Bushnell, Mark's widow, said they had been together for 29 years. She said his death was "just unfathomable".
An inquest into the death of a teacher found dead on a beach two weeks after going missing has recorded an open verdict.
The body of Mark Bushnell, who was the deputy head teacher at Durham School, was found on March 22
The police inspector who led the search for Mark Bushnell has said that his officers are thinking of the missing teacher’s family.
This comes as a body found near Blackhall Rocks on Saturday 22 March was formally identified as Mark Bushnell earlier today.
He was deputy headteacher at the Durham School in the city. He had been missing since Sunday 9 March.
Police officially identified a body found in Blackhall near Peterlee on Saturday 22 March as the missing Durham teacher Mark Bushnell.
He was deputy headteacher at Durham School in the city. He left the family home on Sunday 9 March to look for a laundrette.
Since then, there have been extensive searches of the Blackhall Rocks area led by Durham Police officers but with dozens of search and rescue volunteers in support.
The Coastguard and the British Transport Police were also called on to assist the search.
Police say a body found in Blackhall near Peterlee on Saturday is that of missing teacher Mark Bushnell.
Mark was reported missing from his home in Durham City on March 9. Mr Bushnell's body was discovered on the beach by a member of the public on March 22.
There are no suspicious circumstances.
Police searching for Mark Bushnell, say they believe a body found at Blackhall Rocks on Saturday is that of the missing Durham teacher.
A body has been found on the County Durham coast, near to where a missing teacher was last seen.
Mark Bushnell, the Deputy Head of Durham School, was last seen near Blackhall Rocks earlier this month.
A formal identification is now being carried out.
Watch Frances Read's report:
Examinations are continuing on a body that has been discovered on the beach at Blackhall Rocks in County Durham.
The location is close to were missing teacher Mark Bushnell was last seen.
A forensic team has arrived on Blackhall Beach in County Durham where a body has been found.
The area is close to where missing Durham School teacher Mark Bushnell was last seen.
The body has not yet been formally identified.
Mr Bushnell's family have been informed.
Police searching for missing Durham teacher Mark Bushnell have been alerted by a to a report of a body on the beach close to where he was last seen.
Officers are currently at the scene close to Blackhall Rocks in Peterlee.