The death of a woman who was found in her flat in Ellesmere will remain unexplained after a medical examiner was unable to establish how she died.

Cheryl Jessica Cooke, 51, was found dead at her home in Ellesmere on Tuesday, May 23.

However, because she was found some time after she died - although an exact length of time was not established in the hearing - the coroner recorded an open conclusion.

An inquest was opened on Tuesday, August 1, when it was adjourned for a full hearing this week on November 24, when it was concluded by Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin deputy coroner Heath Westerman in Shirehall, Shrewsbury.

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The hearing was told the 51-year-old, who was originally from Cheshire, had no relevant medical history and that the police determined there were no suspicious circumstances or third parties involved.

Mr Westerman said that despite a postmortem exam being conducted by a medical examiner the exact cause of death was impossible to determine due to decomposition.

The deputy coroner concluded this inquest would be left with an open conclusion. It is a decision that is usually made when there is insufficient information to explain how a death came about.


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