Inquest opens into death of ‘high risk missing person’ Thomas Chappell

An inquest has opened into the death of 22-year-old Thomas Chappell. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

An inquest has opened into the death of 22-year-old Thomas Chappell. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a 22-year-old high risk missing person from Hartest.

The body of Thomas Chappell, of Somerton Hill Road, Hartest, was discovered in a field in Rede near Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday, August 8.

Assistant Suffolk coroner Kevin McCarthy said at an inquest in Ipswich on Wednesday, October 18: “Thomas was a high risk missing person.

“He had been missing from his parents’ home in Hartest since Monday, August 6 and his body was found in a field near Rede.”

A missing persons appeal was launched by Suffolk police following Mr Chappell’s disappearance.

His car, a silver Renault Clio, had been found abandoned in a field near Brockley.

Mr McCarthy said a post mortem revealed the medical cause of death was asphyxia, hypothermia and illegal drug use.

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The coroner adjourned the inquest until January next year.