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Retired medic who went ‘missing from mental health facility discovered in pond’


A woman whose body was tragically discovered in a pool of water had been suffering from mental health difficulties before her death, a court has heard.

Susan Robdale went missing from a Shropshire mental health facility the day before she was found dead less than a mile away.

The 60-year-old’s ‘recent mental health had been suffering’ and she was admitted as an inpatient at Shrewsbury’s The Redwoods Centre.

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Staff at the inpatient facility raised the alarm and reported the retired occupational therapist missing on October 9, Shropshire Coroners Court heard.

Cops then launched an appeal for help to find the Liverpool-born woman but called off their search after a member of public discovered her body the next day.

Ms Robdale – of Kenwood Road, Shrewsbury – was found in a small pond in a field just off Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury, the inquest opening was told.

A West Mercia Police spokesman previously said: “A body has been located by officers searching for a missing Shrewsbury woman.

“60-year-old Susan Robdale had been missing since Saturday (October 9).

“Enquiries were carried out to find her, however, sadly yesterday (October 10) afternoon, officers carrying out local searches found a body in a small area of water in Shrewsbury.

“Officers were assisted by the fire service to recover the deceased.

“Formal identification has taken place and can now be confirmed to be Susan, officers are supporting the family.”

The inquest was adjourned until March 22 next year.

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This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – because we have teamed up with our partners at #Toys4Birmingham, including Thrive Together Birmingham, the Birmingham Playcare Network, the Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.

Also involved are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon’s children’s charity, the Springfield project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which runs food hubs in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

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Brand new or nearly new, unwrapped gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.

You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charity partner to use to plug gaps or buy specialist toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to make a donation.

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