Ipswich: Mystery surrounds death of Leslie Moseley, 66, found in River Gipping

IPSWICH: Questions still remain about the death of a mother who was pulled from a town river.

Leslie Moseley, 66, was pulled from the River Gipping around 5.15pm on October 19, 2011 after a member of the public – Sonia Dziubanowskyj – reported seeing a lifeless body lying face down in the water near Handford Road.

Mrs Moseley, of Bramford Road, died a week later at Ipswich Hospital.

Her husband, Peter, had been out searching for her after she failed to return home from a walk. He last saw her shortly after 4pm on the junction of Bramford Road and Sproughton Road. Their daughter Heather also joined the search.

Witnesses Aisma Ansone – a dog walker – and Jamie Holland – a cyclist – both said they had seen a woman close to the edge of the riverside. Ms Ansone said she had seen a woman sitting by the riverbank.


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An inquest into her death, held yesterday at Ip-City Centre in Bath Street, heard that Mrs Moseley had been on anti-depressants and she had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis.

Greater Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean recorded an open verdict at the inquest into the death of Mrs Moseley, who suffered brain damage in the incident.

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A statement read out on behalf of Mr Moseley said: “Leslie hated swimming and she didn’t like the water.”

Dr Dean said: “There are still unanswered questions about how she came to be in the water – whether this was an accidental fall or how she came to be there.

“There are unanswered questions and they are likely to remain unexplained.

“For that reason I record an open verdict in relation to the sad death of Leslie Jane Moseley.”

Mrs Moseley, who had no pulse or heartbeat when emergency services first pulled her from the river, was taken to Ipswich Hospital where she remained in a critical condition for a number of days, before dying on October 26.

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