Inquest told of Natasha's death threat

MANNINGTREE train victim Natasha Coombs threatened to commit suicide the night she disappeared, a coroner was told today.The 17-year-old of Fronks Road, Dovercourt, vanished while travelling home from Ipswich by train on July 27.

MANNINGTREE train victim Natasha Coombs threatened to commit suicide the night she disappeared, a coroner was told today.

The 17-year-old of Fronks Road, Dovercourt, vanished while travelling home from Ipswich by train on July 27.

An inquest at Shire Hall, Chelmsford, heard the former East Bergholt High School pupil said she would throw herself in front of a train because she could not make contact with her boyfriend, Josh Brennan, 18.

The teenager's body was found on a railway line near Manningtree, near Mr Brennan's home, on August 10 - two weeks after she disappeared.

Natasha's mother, Joanne, 41, was found dead on September 18, near the spot where her daughter's remains were discovered.

Jurors were today being asked to decide whether Natasha and her mother committed suicide.

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Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray heard evidence from Mr Brennan and from Natasha's father - Mrs Coombs' husband - Gary, who is also in his 40s.

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