A MUM was found dead in a hole at a beach after racking up £6,000 in credit card debt during the cost of living crisis.
Lorna Bartlett, 62, drove to one of her favourite dog walking spots after being overcome with feelings of “hopelessness”.
3Lorna Bartlett was found dead in a hole on a beach3The 62-year-old overdosed after suffering from anxiety about rising energy billsThe anxious mum, from Cornwall, had stockpiled prescribed medication before crawling into the hole, an inquest heard today.
Her body was found a few days after when a volunteer coastguard found a green wellie and socks nearby.
Her partner David Coon said Lorna’s anxiety levels had increased as she worried herself about rising energy costs.
One of her sons, Aaron Bartlett, told the hearing “money was a struggle” and she was concerned about the “rising cost of living and energy price rises”.
Lorna hadn’t worked at her care home job for a year because of her declining mental health.
Despite this, her son said she “never shared anything that was bothering her”.
A port mortem revealed she died from a mixed drug overdose.
Det Con Lucy Edwards told the coroner Lorna was found in the early hours.
But said she did not know when Lorna took the overdose or why she crawled into the hole.
The detective added there were no suspicious circumstances.
The senior coroner for Cornwall, Andrew Cox, said it appeared Lorna “secreted herself in a hole”.
He said the circumstances were unusual and ruled her death as suicide.
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