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Pearl Bamford, 19, was found dead near a river with her clothes and shoes nearby

Pearl Bamford, 19, was found dead near a river with her clothes and shoes nearby

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Pearl Bamford, 19, was found dead near a river with her clothes and shoes nearby

A 19-year-old woman died of hypothermia after she jumped into an icy river after a fight with her boyfriend about an album from The Cure, an investigation heard today.

Pearl Bamford, from Bude, Cornwall, was found dead by a river with her clothes and shoes nearby.

She stayed with her friend, Sydney & # 39; Syd & # 39; Whittaker and had a bottle of wine before the couple started arguing about the music.

Miss Bamford, who was described as a & # 39; fire fire & # 39; during the Truro investigation. and & # 39; boisterous & # 39 ;, was then seen on the CCTV that jumped into the river.

Her body was found on the other side than where she jumped in and it was concluded that she had not deliberately wanted to take her own life.

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The survey was attended by Mrs. Bamford's father, Jonathan Bamford, Mr. Whittaker and his father, Matthew Whittaker.

It was heard that on March 14 this year, the night before her death, Miss Bamford had stayed at Sydney's house and had offered to help Matthew with the weekly store.

Members of the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team worked on the investigation in March this year

Members of the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team worked on the investigation in March this year

Members of the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team worked on the investigation in March this year

Matthew had broken his ankle and Miss Bamford offered to drive the three of them to a nearby Tesco.

While in the store it was reported that Miss Bamford was in a good mood and laughed and joked, but the mood changed when they got home.

Sydney said: & I met Pearl through college by having friends of friends. I knew her for a year and seven months. & # 39;

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He said the couple got into a relationship quickly and that they are & # 39; ups and downs & # 39; but nothing seriously disturbed Sydney. But he noted that they sometimes & # 39; sometimes & # 39; could be fleeting.

He continued: & # 39; That evening we were with my father to do a store, we were there for about 15 to 20 minutes and then Pearl drove us back. Then we went upstairs and sat on stairs in the spare room that had been made into a kind of sitting room.

& # 39; We had bought some alcohol, each a bottle of wine. We turned off the TV and chatted and had a drink.

In the store it was reported that Miss Bamford (right) was in a good mood and laughed and joked, but the mood changed when they got home

In the store it was reported that Miss Bamford (right) was in a good mood and laughed and joked, but the mood changed when they got home

In the store it was reported that Miss Bamford (right) was in a good mood and laughed and joked, but the mood changed when they got home

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& # 39; We had a very trivial conversation about a Cure album that culminated in an argument that I would say was more on Pearl & # 39; s side than mine. & # 39;

Sydney added that Miss Bamford & # 39; became very angry & # 39; and left, taking her possessions and saying she would be driving home. That was the last time he saw her alive.

The following morning, on March 15, a member of the public found Miss Bamford's body lying next to the riverbank and called the police.

PC Amanda Swain, a dog handler for the Devon and Cornwall police, said she was called on the spot because there were no other officers in the area.

She said: & # 39; She was found with her head down toward the river and her feet rose the last few steps.

Flowers as a tribute to the teenager. The following morning, on March 15, a member of the public found Miss Bamford's body beside the riverbank and called the police
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Flowers as a tribute to the teenager. The following morning, on March 15, a member of the public found Miss Bamford's body beside the riverbank and called the police

Flowers as a tribute to the teenager. The following morning, on March 15, a member of the public found Miss Bamford's body beside the riverbank and called the police

& # 39; She was dressed but wearing only one sock, she was wearing leggings and a t-shirt that was slightly raised. & # 39;

PC Swain confirmed that there were no signs of attack.

Detective agent Mark Jenkins investigated the circumstances surrounding Miss Bamford's death and stated that he did not believe she intended to take her own life.

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He said that Miss Bamford was on CCTV who returned to Tesco to buy more alcohol and a pack of paracetamol.

He added that she had taken off some of her clothes before she entered the river, and the fact that she left the other side were signs that this was not a suicide attempt.

Mr. Jenkins said: & # 39; It was a deliberate act to jump into the water. & # 39;

A toxicological report showed that Pearl had 341 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, more than four times the drink threshold, even though it weighed less than 50 kg.

Finally, Cornish Senior Coroner Andrew Cox said: & quot; Pearl was a lively teenager and a colorful character with problems.

& # 39; On the evening in question (the group) went to the stores and then drove home .. She goes up the stairs with her boyfriend and shares a bottle of wine. For whatever reason, there was a slight disagreement and Pearl's reaction was disproportionate.

& # 39; (She was seen on CCTV) fell on a ledge close to the water and she was then seen jumping into the river. I do not believe that this is an attempt by Pearl to drown itself. She apparently reached the other side of the river and got out.

& # 39; She would have been bitterly cold and the reserves she had left after leaving the river would have been reduced. It seems that she has tried to raise the awareness of the local residents and two have heard her and have not intervened.

& # 39; One was a young man who could not have anticipated what was going to happen and the other was a retired person who had not known what he was starting.

& # 39; She didn't jump into the river to kill her life, but got out of the other side and succumbed to the effects of hypothermia. This was an intentional act with an unintended outcome. & # 39;

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Mr. Cox registered a judgment of hypothermia and acute alcohol surplus. Matthew described her as & # 39; boisterous & # 39; and a & # 39; fire fire & # 39; and said: & # 39; She could do things on a whim.

& # 39; I want to thank you, I thought the compassion of the police towards us was commendable. I don't blame anyone, not Syd.

& # 39; We hope she is happy now that she is out of her body and at rest. She gave a lot while she was here, she left a legacy. It is not about the length of her life, but about its breadth. & # 39;

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