Mystery over man found dead in bath

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 December 2012

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MYSTERY surrounds the death of a disabled man whose body was found in 'unusual' circumstances at his Weston home.

An inquest into the death of Jeremy Pearce has failed to find a cause of death for the 40-year-old, who was found lifeless in his bath.

Mr Pearce’s body was discovered after his family raised the alarm when he had not been seen for several days.

When police entered his flat in Paragon Road, officers found him lying face down in the bath, with two wet cushions under his thighs and his hands tucked underneath him.

There was no water in the bath, but an inquest last week at North Somerset Coroners Court in Flax Bourton could not establish if Mr Pearce had drowned.

The hearing into his death involved statements from police about how an officer forced his way into the flat following a call from Mr Pearce’s mother and he found him in the ‘unusual position’ with his feet hanging out of the bath.

Evidence from medical experts said he ‘may have drowned’ and, as he may have been dead several days, water may have drained from the bath.

Evidence from Mr Pearce’s GP said Mr Pearce had a history of binge drinking and he moved from Wrington to Weston in 2006 as his behaviour had become ‘disruptive’ to his family.

He was referred to drug and alcohol specialists in the town, but at one point he was drinking at least 10 cans of Special Brew lager each day.

The last time anyone saw Mr Pearce was July 13 and his body was found on July 17.

There was, however, only a low level of alcohol in his blood when he was found.

Assistant deputy coroner Dr Peter Harrowing told the inquest last week: “The pathologist says alcohol is unlikely to have contributed to his death.

“There’s no evidence of suspicious circumstances or drugs in his body and there is no evidence he took his own life.

“Therefore I record an open verdict.”

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