Inquest records open verdict after death of Durham School teacher

The Inquest into the death of Durham School teacher Mark Bushnell has recorded an open verdict.

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Widow of Durham teacher says death is 'unfathomable'

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.

"He had so much to live for: he had me, his job and his boys. We had plans for the future."

– Joanna Bushnell

Joanna Bushnell, Mark's widow, said they had been together for 29 years. She said his death was "just unfathomable".

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