Missing man found in quarry

PUBLISHED: 02:02 25 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:31 24 May 2010

A WESTON man with a history of psychotic problems was found at the bottom of a 150ft cliff in Uphill after going missing for over a week, an inquest heard. Ian Willis, aged 38, of Hill Road, Weston, was found by a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) a

A WESTON man with a history of psychotic problems was found at the bottom of a 150ft cliff in Uphill after going missing for over a week, an inquest heard.Ian Willis, aged 38, of Hill Road, Weston, was found by a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) at the bottom of a disused quarry on June 24 after he was reported missing by his parents.Speaking at an inquest into his death at Flax Bourton Coroners' Court on Tuesday (Jan 16), Ian's father, Charles Willis, said his son began suffering from psychotic problems in 1992 and he was also being treated for depression.He said: "He was prone to anxiety and worried about problems other people his age could cope with."There was always a fear at the back of our minds something like this would happen, but right up until his disappearance I didn't believe it was a serious risk." In May Ian was involved in a minor car accident in Cheddar and was told his car was written off. The court heard how he became very anxious and increasingly depressed after the accident and borrowed money from his parents so he could pay for the damage to both cars rather than going through insurance companies. A post mortem revealed Ian died from shock and haemorrhage due to multiple fractures from the fall.Deputy coroner Brian Whitehouse recorded an open verdict. He said: "Ian found it difficult to cope with minor problems and clearly they didn't seem minor to him, but I have no evidence of any suicidal tendencies. He took his own life but I'm not satisfied he intended to do it.

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