Highbridge pensioner 'died of hypothermia', inquest hears
pensioner who was found dead by railway tracks near Highbridge
is likely to have died from hypothermia, an inquest was told this
The body of Edith Joan Batten, 79, was found on October 25th last
year at Dunball foot crossing, two days after leaving her home
in Highbridge's Dunstan Road.
An inquest held in Bridgwater on Thursday heard that was found
semi-naked, although there was no indication her clothing, which
was recovered nearby, had been forcibly removed.
A post mortem revealed she had not been struck by a train and
also detected Alzheimer's disease.
had gone out for a walk on October 23rd after asking her husband
when dinner would be ready. He reported her missing the next day
after she failed to return.
operation was launched to find her, as pictured here, involving
the police helicopter, dogs and crews from Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguards,
BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) and RNLI.
The inquest was told that Edith had a history of previous disappearances,
but had always been found within a matter of hours.
one occasion, she was found at London's Paddington Railway Station,
having travelled with no clear reason.
West Somerset Coroner Michael Rose said at the hearing that the
number of people who suffer with Alzheimer's disease increases
He added that Edith and Derrick, her husband, had been married
for 50 years and this year would have been their Golden Wedding
said she suffered with dementia.
The coroner recorded a verdict of the death being unascertained.