Mystery over death of recluse

THE mystery of why an Ipswich recluse died will never be solved.The body of Anthony Ward, of Gibbon Street, was found at his home on May 25 this year after he had not been seen for at least a fortnight, an inquest heard.

THE mystery of why an Ipswich recluse died will never be solved.

The body of Anthony Ward, of Gibbon Street, was found at his home on May 25 this year after he had not been seen for at least a fortnight, an inquest heard.

Greater Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean read out a statement from Pc Matthew Williamson, who was called to the 61-year-old's home following a report of a suspected sudden death.

The inquest at Endeavour House in Ipswich, heard that a neighbour of Mr Ward had described him as a “bit of a hermit”.

After shouting through his letter box several times and getting no answer, Pc Williamson and a colleague entered the property and discovered the decomposed body of Yoxford-born Mr Ward.

Dr Dean said because of the advanced state of decomposition it was not possible to ascertain the cause of death, although there was no evidence of anything suspicious.

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He said Mr Ward's doctor had informed the inquest that the deceased had a history of be on medication for epilepsy. Dr Dean recorded an open verdict.

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