A YOUNG woman found dead in a child’s tent did not mean to take her own life, an inquest heard.

Melanie Wilson, 22, was discovered “curled up like she had gone to sleep” in the garden of an empty Sutton-in-Ashfield house last year.

Her body was found by potential tenants looking at the garden’s adjoining bungalow.

It was initially reported she was discovered slumped by bins in the back garden as mystery surrounded her disappearance.

The 22-year-old vanished from her home in Nottinghamshire, just before midnight on October 19 after texting her dad “I love you”.

The inquest into her death, held on Tuesday, April 25, heard a police officer say she was found in a child’s tent half a mile from her flat.

Nottinghamshire coroner Mairin Casey ruled out suicide and concluded Melanie’s death was drug-related, the Mirror reports.

The cause of her death was given as amitriptyline and zopiclone toxicity – which are used to treat depression and insomnia.

PC Katie Eustace, reporting officer, confirmed there had been no foul play in the death.

A Police spokesman said in November: “Police investigating the disappearance of missing Melanie Wilson have found the body of a woman outside a property in Sutton-in-Ashfield today.

“Whilst formal identification has not yet taken place, Melanie’s family has been informed of this development.”

Gemma Flint, 34, lives next to the bungalow where the body was found in Stoney Street.

She said: “I was talking to the woman who came to view the empty bungalow – she was hoping to move into it.

“She came round to look and she pushed the gate and went round the back and she saw the girl sat at the side of the dustbin.

“She was all dressed up in black, they thought she’d been beat up – it’s shocking.

“It makes me feel sick. I was going to go up there the other day and put the bin out but I didn’t, If I had…

“Poor girl – it’s the family I feel for.”

Melanie’s father David Wilson, revealed that she had sent him the worrying text before she disappeared.

He said: “I’d imagine hell is similar to what I and family and friends are going through. We’re all heartbroken. Everywhere we look there’s a reminder of her.

“The last time I saw her was when she popped in to see me at home on Monday [October 17].

“We just had a general chat and hugged each other as she left. She seemed her usual self.

“The last contact I had with her was a text she sent me at about 11pm on Wednesday [October 19] which said ‘I love you dad.’

“I sent her one back saying ‘I love you too darling’.”

Police searching for the charity shop volunteer had handed out leaflets and carried out searches of a pond and reservoir.

Dozens of volunteers took to the streets in search of Miss Wilson and they vowed to continue until the body is officially identified as Melanie.

Police divers were also called in to assist the search, with teams scouring a lake at Sutton Lawn Park in an effort to find the young woman.


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