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The 56-year-old woman froze to death in Hull Cemetery after falling off her bike and spending 17 hours alone


An investigation heard a woman who froze to death after falling off her bike in a Hull cemetery and spending 17 hours in freezing temperatures could have been saved if she had been found earlier.

56-year-old Jacqueline Parsons injured her leg while falling through the city's Western Cemetery in October 2018.

Police were dispatched to find her, but after 17 hours in temperatures below 35 ° F, Jacqueline was only spotted by a passing dog walker.

Jacqueline Parsons, 56, spent 17 hours in freezing temperatures after falling off her bike in a Hull cemetery. She was eventually found by a dog walker but later died of hypothermia

The freezing temperatures combined with alcohol in her system, which was 93 mg per 100 ml of blood, just above the legal limit for driving drinks of 80 mg per 100 ml, and the injury to her ankle was reported by Dr. Kirsten viewed as the cause of death Hope.

The pathologist also testified that if Miss Parsons had been found in time after the alarm went off, her temperature could have increased and she could have been saved.

Miss Parson's fiancé, Malcolm Cuthbert, shared how Miss Parsons rode her bike around 9 a.m. on Saturday to keep fit and how worried he was after she didn't come home later that afternoon was.

"I cleaned up the house, ironed, and wondered where she is and got mad that she wasn't home, like we usually did on an afternoon together," he said.

An investigation is ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding Miss Parson's death

An investigation is ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding Miss Parson's death

“The later it got, the more I thought she was going to drink [because she was known to go out earlier] and I assumed she was drunk somewhere.

I drove my car down Spring Bank West [near where the couple lived] to find them and looked for their bike, which we go out on Princes Avenue and in the parking lot of the Queen's Pub park would look for her cycle but I couldn't see it.

It was raining heavily and I was concerned. I expected her to return the next day and left the door open [since she didn't have a key] and slept on the sofa.

On Sunday morning, I expected her to return and got sick of waiting, but then saw on Hull Live that a woman in her fifties had been found in the cemetery and felt she was her.

"I called the police and they came back later to tell me she was dead and I just collapsed."

Mr Cuthbert then testified in court that he had made extensive investigations in the past two years since his partner's death and that it was the responsibility of the police to fail to find them.

"It was the coldest day of the year when she went missing and the police search was at dusk when they could have seen her," he said.

Had the police done a full search, they would have been found.

"My conclusion after two years of visiting the scene, getting to know Jacquie, and doing my own research leads very clearly to the fact that Jacquie was disappointed, since she was found soon enough, she would be here today."

In his evidence, Mr. Cuthbert added that he did not call the police himself to raise the alarm if they did not come home as they went out and did not come back, but said, “In hindsight I made mistakes and could have done more, but acted in the context of the relationship. & # 39;

The 63-year-old witness who found Miss Parsons in the cemetery heard her call for help and saw her lying on the ground with her bike leaning against a tree.

He says he tried to pick her up but she couldn't stand because she injured her ankle.

After being unable to help Jacquie, the man went home to call the police when he left his phone at home and told them how urgent the situation was.

"I heard a woman say," Can you please help me? "and then saw a woman with a bicycle sitting in the grass on the tree near her.

The avid cyclist and dog lover who died was honored, but her partner believes he was responsible for her death after failing to find her

The avid cyclist and dog lover who died was honored, but her partner believes he was responsible for her death after failing to find her

"I went over and said," Are you okay? "and tried to lift her but I smelled alcohol on her and she was disoriented and couldn't get up and she said 'my leg, my leg' and that she was in pain.

"I tried to get her on her feet but failed."

The dog walker said he left Jacquie to look for police officers in the area as a match was going on at KCOM Stadium but couldn't find a police officer.

Fifteen minutes after he found Miss Parsons, he called the police at home and said that urgent officers were present as soon as the cemetery gates were closed.

When the call was made the witness said that his view of Jacquie was unobstructed and that it was still light.

The court also heard that Miss Parsons and her partner met in 1987 and separated in 1992, but then reconnected in 2001 and stayed together until Miss Parsons passed away.

The couple never had children, but Miss Parsons, who was born in Richmond, Surrey, before moving to Hull with her nine-year-old family, adored their two Chihuahuas, whom she referred to as "their babies."

Miss Parson's sister also gave clues that she loved her dearly and that the couple had booked a vacation they were both looking forward to and which would fly out just days after her death.

The investigation will continue on Thursday, October 15th.