Missing mother found in river had been researching how to end her life

Missing mother found in river had been researching how to end her life

MOTHER: Seemberjeet Kaur

SREACH: Police in Roberts Park when the mother was missing.

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A MUM who drowned herself had been looking up ways online of how to end her life.

The body of Seemberjeet Kaur was spotted in the River Aire by a city centre worker in Leeds, six weeks after she went missing.

A Bradford inquest yesterday heard how former nursery nurse Mrs Kaur, who had a young daughter, had convinced herself she had stomach cancer - despite medical tests finding nothing wrong.

The 35-year-old had become obsessed by her own daughter's health problems and after losing her job had become "OCD" about keeping the house, in Irwell Street, East Bowling, clean and tidy.

Over time she grew increasingly more anxious, also worrying about other family's health, and was put on anti-depressants.

A statement read out on behalf of her husband, Baljeet Singh Kang, described how Mrs Kaur had told him she wanted a quick death. He become so worried about her that he had hidden the kitchen knives.

The day she disappeared, on October 23 last year, she had failed to pick up her three-year-old daughter from nursery. It was later discovered she booked a taxi earlier that day to pick her up from home and take her to a bridge in Saltaire, where she claimed she was meeting someone.

However, CCTV had captured her sitting there all alone and that was the last that was seen of her until an office worker saw her in the river at the back of Leeds train station on December 5 and reported it to police.

During the weeks she was missing, police conducted extensive searches for the mother, including underwater ones, and relatives said they were at a loss to explain her disappearance.

Detective Constable Hannah Mansell, who was at the inquest and who had been the family's liaison officer, said police investigations had been satisfied there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mrs Kaur's death.

Assistant Bradford coroner Roger Whittaker said Mrs Kaur had been experiencing feelings of despair and despondency thinking she was unwell despite exhaustive test proving she was not.

He said she had been reviewing ways of ending her life, particularly by drowning and added: "Without a doubt I'm satisfied that this was a case where the deceased intended to take her life and was successful. I'm satisfied the balance of her mind was disturbed at that time."

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