Family left heartbroken after Connah's Quay teenager’s suicide at Moel Famau

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A 17-YEAR-OLD girl found hanged at a Flintshire beauty spot was “deeply distressed” and had left a suicide note, an inquest was told.

Elizabeth Elouise Gleave, known to her friends and family as Beth, was discovered by Jane Hardwick hanging from a tree at Moel Famau, near Mold, on July 26.

The teenager from Highvale, Connah’s Quay, later died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. There was evidence of MDMA in her system at a potentially fatal level.

A hearing at Mold on Wednesday was told Mrs Hardwick parked her car at the country park at about 6.15am and was walking her dog when she noticed a “very still” figure against a tree in the distance.

She explained that when her husband arrived he tried to resuscitate Beth, but to no avail.

Beth’s mother, Kathryn Heard, said the last time she saw her daughter was on the previous Monday morning.

She said Beth often went out with members of a “good group of friends” so she did not think anything about not seeing her daughter.

Miss Heard said: “On the morning of Tuesday, July 26 I sent her a text asking if she was okay.

“At about 8.45am I was talking to my boss, who said my daughter Jess was on the phone who told me the police had been on the phone. The police told me my daughter had been found at Moel Famau.

“Beth’s death has come as a great shock to us and she will be greatly missed.”

She added: “Beth was a real tomboy and got involved in a lot of sports when she was younger.”

Her mother also explained that from the age of 13 Beth began to act differently and she was referred to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAHMS) at Catherine Gladstone House, Hawarden.

She added: “Twelve months later she felt like she needed help again.

“Her GP prescribed her anti-depressants and she was better for a while but told me she needed to increase her medication.

“She was very upset recently following the break-up of a relationship.

“I did not think there was a trigger. I just think she was deeply depressed.

“We miss her greatly. She was loved by her family and friends.”

John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, who concluded death was a result of hanging, said Beth had written a suicide note prior to her act of self-harm.

Mr Gittins told the family: “Some people make good decisions, some people back bad ones... but you were there for her throughout.”

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