Missing lorry driver was found dead by dog walker, inquest hears

A father of three was found dead two days after being reported missing.

Christopher Jones, born in Birmingham, was found by a dog handler in a wood on Barrow Bridge Road on July 4th this year after his family raised concerns about his wellbeing.

Assistant Medical Examiner Peter Sigee told Bolton Coroner’s Court that the 32-year-old truck driver was last seen at his residential address on Buckley Lane, Farnworth, around 10 a.m. on Friday, July 2.

Police issued an urgent appeal on July 4th, the day he was found dead, to find Mr. Jones.

His ex-partner Natasha Barrett said Christopher has mental health issues that she believes have never been properly diagnosed.

She said in a statement that he “could be the nicest person” but his mood could change very quickly. He sent her a worrying message on the morning of July 3, but neither Natasha nor his mother were able to contact him, so it was raised by the police.

Christopher had been referred to a psychologist by his family doctor on January 27th of that year, who was reviewed on June 28th, but it was not considered to be suicidal or self-harming.

Mr Jones was found on July 4th by dog ​​handler Andrew Swindles, who said he was “shocked” when he found him.

Toxicologist Julie Evans said, “Overall, there was no compelling evidence that alcohol or drugs would have been involved in his death.”

An autopsy at the Royal Bolton Hospital on July 9th revealed the cause of death was hanged.

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