Missing teen found dead in mum's overgrown garden

Missing teen found dead in mum's overgrown garden
Published: 2015 February 11 07:35:47 (10111 Views)
The body of a missing former public schoolboy was found in his mother's overgrown back garden more than two months after he disappeared, an inquest head today.

Miller Redpath, 17, was last seen alive after what was described as a 'difference of opinion' with his mother Anastasia Miller at the home they shared in Wenhaston, near Halesworth, Suffolk.

His disappearance on August 13, 2013, was two days before he was due to receive his A Level results from £21,105-a-year Langley School at Loddon, Norfolk, where he had been a weekly boarder.

Mrs Miller, an accountant who runs a real estate agency in Eastern Europe, described her back garden in a statement as 'a jungle full of dense plants, attracting butterflies and bees'.

She claimed that she made a thorough search of the garden of her detached Victorian home four days after her son disappeared, but found nothing.

Police also found no sign of Miller on October 15, 2013, when they first searched the ivy-covered house, finding only a 'trick or treat' mask that he had bought for Halloween.

But a second search by police nine days later on October 24 revealed his decomposed body in dense undergrowth.

The inquest in Lowestoft heard how Miller was identified from DNA tests, but a post mortem failed to establish how he died.

Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean recorded an open conclusion after hearing how police believed that nobody else was involved in his death and there were no suspicious circumstances.

The inquest heard that entymology tests on insects at the spot where he was found showed that his body may have been there 'for much if not all of the time he had been missing', said Dr Dean.

At the time of Miller's disappearance, his widowed mother told police that items had gone missing from her home, leading to speculation that he had taken them and was too ashamed to get back in touch with her.

No reference to the missing items was made during the inquest which heard only documentary evidence.

Dr Dean said: "As with anyone there were sometimes some difficult times, particularly as he was a strong willed young man.



"The early loss of his own father had an effect on him and there were conflicts in respect of things like smoking.

"There were some conflicts about him not being allowed to smoke at home and these conversations could clearly lead to differences of opinion between mother and son.

"We hear of a difference of opinion shortly before these very sad sequence of events took place."

But Dr Dean said that Mrs Miller and Miller had a 'lovely day' together on August 12, the day before he disappeared.

He added that Mrs Miller was not overly concerned when he failed to come home by the evening of August 14 as he was a 'resourceful and intelligent' young man who was only two weeks short of his 18th birthday.

But her concerns grew when he failed to get his A Level results the following day and she spent August 16 looking around Lowestoft and Norwich for any sign of him.

She went on to make extensive public appeals to help find him, putting out messages nationally and internationally on social media.

Det Insp Kevin Hayward of Suffolk Police said in a statement that Miller's home was first searched when his missing person status was changed from medium to high.

The inquest heard how a villager had seen him on August 13 when he was waiting for a bus to go to Lowestoft for a hair cut. Another local gave him a lift home in the afternoon and he later made arrangements to meet a friend on August 15

A post mortem by Home Office pathologist Dr Ben Swift found no evidence of broken bones or injuries and gave his cause of death as 'unascertained'. There was also no evidence that he was a regular user of drugs, said Dr Dean.

He added: "Although clearly we have evidence that the body had been there some considerable time, there is still uncertainty over the exact circumstances over which Miller came by his death.

"The post mortem was unable to give a definitive cause of death so sadly there remain unanswered and unanswerable questions. There is no evidence to suggest foul play or the involvement of any other person."

Mrs Miller attended the hearing, but declined to comment afterwards.



Source - Mirror

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