A ‘confused’ widow who went missing was found dead four days later tangled in barbed wire outside an RAF base where her husband once served, an inquest heard.
Jean Lloyd, 77, vanished after setting off on a doctors appointment in Neston, Chester, on April 17 last year.
Her son Edward became concerned after his mother, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1989, did not return home to Thornton Hough, Wirral.
The inquest in Mold, north Wales, heard Mrs Lloyd headed nine miles away to the Sealand Army Rifle Range on the site of RAF Sealand, where late husband Derek was once based.
The 77-year-old pensioner had been missing for four days after she vanished on the way to a doctor’s appointment in a neighbouring town, it was a tragic ending as her story unfolded
Assistant Coroner for North Wales East and Central, Joanne Lees, recorded an open conclusion this week.
She said: ‘Following a search she was located near a cycle path between two rings of barbed wire fencing.
‘There was no evidence or natural explanation for her cause of death. There was nothing suspicious and we can’t say if it was natural or unnatural.’
At her inquest, a mental health worker who saw Mrs Lloyd earlier that month said she appeared to be coping well. After being diagnosed with schizophrenia 30 years ago after hearing voices, she started receiving injections every three weeks to treat it.
A post-mortem by Dr Mared Owen-Casey found ‘no significant findings’ to explain how she died.
Jean had been seen on CCTV leaving a bus a few stops too early, left. Later she was spotted walking past a local pub on a path leading down to some marshland area, right, and an MOD base. Her story was told on Reported Missing on Monday night, leaving viewers in tears
One theory is that she may have become entangled in the barbed wire fence and died of hypothermia.
CCTV had shown her getting on a bus and footage was released by Cheshire Police showing her arriving in Neston shortly after 1pm the same day.
Paramedics were called and she was pronounced dead at the scene on Aprill 21. There were no suspicious circumstances.
Her death featured on the BBC show ‘Reported Missing’, leaving viewers in tears.
Members of the public also got to work in order to help police search for Jean, with dozens of local residents giving up their free time to search for her.
Viewers were devastated by the episode with many of them taking to Twitter to discuss it and one saying: ‘That episode has me in a pool of tears.’
After she was found her son told the documentary: ‘She just got trapped somewhere and her automatic thought was handbag down, used as a pillow, coat off and curl up in a ball, coat over her and just went off to sleep and never woke up from it.’
He tearfully added: ‘I prefer to remember her how she was, in the kitchen. Just baking, baking scones or fairy cakes.’
The Cheshire police had mounted a search, dredging ponds near to the area the pensioner had gone missing but returned nothing