Family of ‘beautiful, funny’ 22-year-old from Colchester did ‘everything they could’ to support her, coroner tells inquest
PUBLISHED: 17:13 21 June 2016 | UPDATED: 18:09 21 June 2016
The heartbroken family of a 22-year-old girl who died in March did “everything they could” to support her, a coroner has said.
Jodie Josè, from Colchester, was found dead in her car by friends at Great Bentley railway station in the early hours of March 5.
At an inquest into her death, senior Essex coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said the support given to Jodie by her mother Betty Josè, father Paul Josè, sister Stacey Louise Saville and brother-in-law Carl Saville “shines through” – and shows how much they cared for her.
The 22-year-old, who worked at the Sudbury branch of Santander, was “suffering from a deep depression” and her medical history reflected this, Mrs Beasley-Murray told the inquest.
Jodie had been reported missing the night before her death and was a “very high risk” missing person, Essex Police’s Inspector Paul Butcher said in evidence.
Her sister Stacey, who was at the inquest, said the 22-year-old’s friends Megan Smith and Jack Cawley spotted her car at the station at around midnight on March 5.
She was taken to Colchester General Hospital shortly afterwards, but medics were unable to save her and she died at around 2am.
A post-mortem examination revealed the former Colne Community School pupil died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Mrs Beasley-Murray recorded the conclusion that Jodie, who wrote about how she felt in a diary and had made one previous attempt to take her life, killed herself.
Stacey told the inquest how her sister had previously searched “how to die painlessly” on an old phone.
At the time of her death, Jodie’s family described her as a “beautiful person inside and out” who “couldn’t see herself as the wonderful person everyone else could”.
“We want Jodie to be remembered for the joy she brought to those around her every day and for her funny, kind, caring and fun-loving personality,” they said.
“Jodie was a gift to us all for 22 years and there will forever be a part missing in our hearts without her.
“We are completely devastated and absolutely heartbroken that she felt the way she did.”
Tributes poured in for Jodie from around the world, with thousands taking to Facebook to pay their respects when news of her death broke.
One wrote: “If you didn’t know Jodie then I feel sorry for you because she brought me so much happiness.
“She would say I’m her big brother. She was so cute I just wanted to protect her all the time. I love you loads little sis. I will miss you so much.”