Man who committed suicide suffered 'severe depression and anxiety'

A man whose body was recovered from the River Ribble committed suicide, an inquest heard.

Thursday, 13th December 2018, 9:32 am
Updated Thursday, 13th December 2018, 10:40 am
John Culshaw
John Culshaw

John Culshaw, 71, had suffered from 'severe depression and anxiety'.

He went missing on June 30 when he was last seen just after midnight in The Ferns, Ashton-on-Ribble.

His wife had reported his disappearance to police, concerned for his welfare.

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His inquest was heard at Preston Coroner’s Court on Tuesday, December 11.

Speaking afterwards Karen Butler from the Coroner’s Court said: “He was reported missing from his home by his wife.

“He had a history of severe depression and anxiety and she was concerned.”

After reporting him missing to Lancashire Police the constabulary launched a missing person appeal.

However Mr Culshaw’s car was discovered near Penwortham Holme allotments the day afterwards.

After an “extensive search“ his body was then found and recovered from the River Ribble on the evening of July 1.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of Mr Culshaw’s death to be drowning, and recorded depression as a secondary cause.

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.

Following his death, tributes were paid to Mr Culshaw, who was described an adventurous man who cared very deeply for his family.

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