Inquest concludes after body of ‘lovely lady’, 78, found in Covenham Reservoir

A woman was found dead in a reservoir after suffering from depression for seven years.

Patricia Elsie Hamilton-Wright, 78, was discovered by Michael Cook in the Covenham Reservoir in East Lindsey on the morning of July 4th last year.

An investigation at Myle Cross Center in Lincoln found that her husband David woke up at 7.45 a.m. that day to find that she had left her home on Low Farm Lane in Muckton, near Louth, without her dogs.

An autopsy revealed the cause of death as a risk of suffocation as a result of drowning.

The investigation found that Ms. Hamilton-Wright had a history of depression and anxiety, was concerned about the alienation of her son and grandson, and had side effects from some of her prescribed medications.

Her stepdaughter Fiona Powley said in Evidence Read that she remembered being in an emotional state when she saw her on June 21.

“She indicated to me that she can’t go on and shouldn’t be here,” said Ms. Powley.

Via a video link to the inquiry, she added: “She was a beautiful woman. We no longer have her.”

Her son Miles said he felt they were better and tried to arrange home delivery of groceries during the lockdown.

“We have worked very hard to rebuild their relationships,” he told the investigation.

Husband Mr. Wright said in his Evidence that his wife had been suffering from depression for about seven years after their relationship with Miles broke down.

He said she said to him, “I’m sick of the trouble.

“I would be better off.”

The investigation found that Ms. Hamilton-Wright had numerous appointments with her family doctor, and as of January 2020, she wished she were dead.

Police at the scene

Coroner Paul Cooper, who was tapping a suicide note, said: “What struck me was a statement from her husband, David Wright, that she had been depressed for about seven years.

“It is clear that there were a number of physical problems that she was dealing with which, in turn, were weighing on her mind.

“She was treated on a mild basis for mental health problems.

“She was referring to stepdaughter Fiona to end it all.

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Samaritans: Telephone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or confidential by email to [email protected]

Childline: 0800 1111. Calls are free and will not appear on your bill

PAPYRUS: A voluntary organization that supports suicidal teenagers and young adults. Telephone 0800 068 4141

Depression Alliance: A charity for people with depression. Not a hotline, but has useful resources and links to other information on its website

Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, in a bad mood, or who commit suicide. Click here to visit

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Campaign against miserable life (RUHIG): For young men who feel unhappy. Has a website here and a hotline: 0800 58 58 58

“She came to the conclusion that she couldn’t handle things any further.

“It’s pretty clear that there are no suspicious circumstances at all.

“She was in full clothes and left her car unattended.

“She knew exactly what she was doing and unfortunately she wanted to take her own life.

“There’s no reason she should have been in the reservoir other than killing herself.”

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