An open conclusion has been recorded on a woman found on the beach at Penmaenmawr.

An inquest in Ruthin heard that a student taking photographs of the sun and sea at 5.15am on the morning of August 9, 2023, came across the body of 77-year-old Susan Isabel Margaret Bullock on rocks just above the water line. Her clothes were nearby.

The retired house sales negotiator, from Dwygyfylchi, had suffered with mental health problems for many years and had twice taken overdoses.

On one of the occasions a note was found under pillow.


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A couple of weeks before her death she was found in a field at night but told police officers she didn’t know where she was.

John Gittins, senior coroner for North Wales East and Central, said there was evidence that Mrs Bullock had engaged with the mental health services and said she would not self-harm as she needed to care for her husband who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

 A post-mortem examination revealed that she drowned, but in recording an open conclusion Mr Gittins said that despite the previous incidents he could not conclude that it was a deliberate act.

“The evidence does not reach the threshold to reach anything other than an open conclusion,” he said.