‘Amazing’ wife was found dead in graveyard after 18-day search

A woman who vanished for 18 days took her own life after being "failed" by mental health services, an inquest has heard.

Cindy Freeman-Jenkins' body was discovered in a disused church graveyard in Blackley, Greater Manchester, almost three weeks after she was reported missing.

Scattered around the 31-year-old's body were empty packets of prescription medication, an empty syringe and a handwritten letter to wife Natalie apologising for "all the pain", the Manchester Evening News reports.

Manchester Coroner's Court was told how Cindy, from Blackley, who had a history of mental illness and had previously attempted suicide, was in a "very dark place" and had been self-harming in the months leading up to her death.

Natalie, who was married to her partner five years, said she knew Cindy was gone for good when she returned home from work to find the family home empty 18 days earlier.

Her body was eventually found by a dog walker in the grounds of St Peter CofE Church on September 30, 2017.

Ms Freeman-Jenkins described Cindy as "an amazing person who would do anything for anybody."

She said her wife had suffered with mental health problems since her mum's death when she was 13.

Cindy had a history of self-harm and was sectioned for 15 months after trying to take her own life aged 14, the court heard.

She took medication for depression and was under the care of mental health services at North Manchester General Hospital.

At the time of her death, she had been on a waiting list for dialectical behaviour therapy to help conquer her self-harm for 18 months.

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"She was just really, really struggling," Ms Freeman-Jenkins said.

She added: "I do think she was failed massively by the mental health services."

In December 2016, she made her second suicide attempt by overdosing on prescription drugs after amassing debts with a credit card firm and catalogue company.

Ms Freeman-Jenkins said that prior to the incident, Cindy had been speaking to a catalogue company she owed money to.

Throughout the following year she was emotional and mentally unsteady, the inquest was told.

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Cindy had told her wife she'd been having vivid dreams and would sometimes wake up in tears.

In September, Ms Freeman-Jenkins said she received a phone call from a credit card company asking for Cindy.

"I was aware of the debt Cindy was in," Ms Freeman-Jenkins told the court.

"She was on the phone and said 'thank you very much. I hope you're happy because you have ended my marriage'.

"I had never heard her say that before.

"The following day I woke at around 6.45 am and I found Cindy in the living room. She was upset and ripping up a photo of her mother."

Later that afternoon, Cindy stopped answering calls and and replying to texts.

Assistant coroner Nick Stanage said pathologists were unable to confirm the cause of death due to decomposed state of Cindy's body.

The coroner recorded the cause of death as "unascertained" and concluded that Cindy died as a result of suicide, describing the note as the "most compelling evidence".

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