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Suicide verdict in inquest into death of mother at Haytor

Katherine Hooper with her two sons

A coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide on a woman from Paignton who's body was found at the bottom of Haytor Rocks in July of last year.

Katherine Hooper was found alongside her five year old son Joshua. A verdict of unlawful killing was recorded on his death. The body of her two year old son Sam was subsequently found at the family home. An open verdict was recorded on his death.

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Inquest into death of mother and two sons at Haytor

Katherine Hooper and her two sons died last July

An inquest takes place today into the death of Katherine Hooper who was found at the bottom of Haytor Rocks in July of last year.

The body of her five year old son Joshua was alongside her. The body of her younger son, Sam, was subsequently discovered at the family home in Paignton. He was two years old. The inquest takes place at the Palace Hotel in Torquay.

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New appeal for witnesses to Haytor deaths

Police have returned to Haytor on Dartmoor this morning as they continue their investigation into the deaths of Katherine Hooper and her five year-old son Joshua who fell from rocks last Friday.

Detective Superintendent Paul Burgan who is leading the investigation told ITV News West Country that its thought the pair spent the night there before they died.

Miss Hooper's 2 year-old son Sam was found dead at the family home in Paignton.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who was at Haytor last week who may have inadvertantly filmed or photographed Kat Hooper and her son on the THURSDAY carrying a car booster seat.

Police to revisit Haytor in deaths investigation

Katherine Hooper with her two sons. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police investigating the deaths of a mother and son on Dartmoor are to return to the tourist spot where they died.

Katherine Hooper and her five year-old son Joshua fell from rocks at Haytor. It's thought the pair spent the night there before they died last Friday. Miss Hooper's 2 year-old son Sam was found dead at the family home in Paignton.

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FULL REPORT : Investigations into Dartmoor deaths

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two boys and their Mother. Katherine Hooper and her five year old son Joshua died after falling from Haytor on Dartmoor on Friday. Her two year old son Sam was then found dead at the family home in Paignton.

Today children at Joshua's school were offered counselling. Although police have launched a murder enquiry, they're not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths.

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