Tragic mum wrote poem for Natasha

TRAGIC mother Joanne Coombs left a heartfelt poem dedicated to her lost daughter on a website just days before apparently taking her own life.The body of Mrs Coombs, 40, was found on Tuesday evening on the railway line near Manningtree Station close to where her only child Natasha, 17, died last month.

TRAGIC mother Joanne Coombs left a heartfelt poem dedicated to her lost daughter on a website just days before apparently taking her own life.

The body of Mrs Coombs, 40, was found on Tuesday evening on the railway line near Manningtree Station close to where her only child Natasha, 17, died last month.

In a poem posted on a social networking website, on what would have been Natasha's 18th birthday, Mrs Coombs spoke of the “emptiness” she and husband Gary were experiencing.

It ended with the lines: “We know our hearts will never mend, we'll ache and weep until our lives end.”

She also left a moving message to Natasha, asking her how she celebrated her birthday in heaven.

The message, signed “Mummy”, read: “Darling Natasha, my tears are falling all over the keyboard, you know my IT skills - you taught me how to turn on the computer.

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“I talk to you all the time baby, and I know you are by my side giving me the strength the carry on. I love and miss you so very, very much. I will speak to you soon babe.”

The couple apparently visited Natasha's friend Tash Johnson on the morning of her birthday, September 8, to spend time remembering their daughter with her friends.

Mrs Coombs lived in Fronks Road, Dovercourt with her husband, a mergers and acquisitions manager with insurance firm Norwich Union. Her body was found on Tuesday evening.

Sources close to the inquiry said Mr Coombs had been near the scene of the latest tragedy at the same time as emergency services staff.

It is thought he may have become concerned after she left the house and went to Manningtree.

Mrs Coombs, a housewife, had wept as she and her husband appealed for help finding Natasha on August 2.

“The house is so empty without her,” she told journalists. “It's unbearable.”

Police said Natasha, who vanished after a night out in Ipswich, had been hit by a train. They are not sure whether her death was an accident or suicide.

Officers said Natasha, a clerical assistant, had been upset about breaking up with boyfriend Josh Brennan, 18.

A formal identification has not yet been made but the incident is not being treated as suspicious and an investigation is under way.

The house without you

seems empty and bare,

The smell of your fragrance

no longer fills the air.

Your face, your smile

the touch of your skin,

The forthcoming plans

you'd aimed to begin.

The years of your life

were not in vain,

As your time with us

precious memories will always remain.

We know our hearts

will never mend,

We'll ache and weep

until our lives end.

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