THE organs of a woman’s body decomposed to such an extent the cause of her death could not be established.
But an inquest into the death 73-year-old Lilian Olive McTaggart heard she would probably have been dead for less than 40 hours before her body was discovered.
She was found in a caravan at Plassey Leisure Park, Eyton, Wrexham, on August 21.
A post-mortem examination by Dr Mared Owen-Casey concluded the cause of death was unascertained and coroner John Gittins returned an open conclusion.
Mrs McTaggart lived in Wallasey, Wirral, but her sister-in-law Sandra Bates told the hearing she spent a great deal of time at the caravan in Eyton.
Mrs Bates visited Mrs McTaggart at the leisure park on Sunday, August 18 and she was in good health.
But there was no reply when the family phoned Mrs McTaggart several times on Tuesday, August 20.
Mrs Bates said they tried again the following morning and when they still did not get a response they contacted the park’s reception.
Mrs McTaggart had died, seemingly in her sleep. She was wearing her nightclothes and was found on a sofa bed.
“She had been seen on Monday at about 6pm by neighbours,” Mrs Bates told the inquest at Ruthin yesterday.
Mrs McTaggart, a retired hospital domestic, could suffer shortness of breath, thought to be caused by being overweight. She had access to a mobility scooter.
However medical records showed she did not have any serious illnesses.
In the post mortem report Dr Owen-Casey emphasised internal decomposition had made examining Mrs McTaggart’s organs difficult.
As far as possible a range of potential causes of death had been ruled out including head injury, bleeding of the brain, clotting and heart attack. There were no signs of fractures or injuries, or death from alcohol or drugs, the examination found.
Mr Gittins assured members of Mrs McTaggart’s family she would not have suffered.
“Your description of going to sleep is probably an accurate one,” he said to Mrs Bates.
He added: “If it is any comfort passing away peacefully is something we should all strive to achieve.
“She has gone in the circumstances of somewhere she liked being.”