Woman's body found under pile of rubbish

2:08pm April 6, 2013

The decomposed body of an Irish woman was found underneath 1.8m of rubbish more than a year after she was last seen alive, an inquest has heard.

The body of Julie Ann Watson, 37, was found in 2011 beneath a large pile of rubbish bags near her South Belfast home by workmen clearing the area, BBC reports.

She had last been seen alive in August 2009.

The cause of her death could not be determined because her body was so badly decomposed, but homicide has been ruled out.

Belfast Coroner Jim Kitson described the mother-of-three's death as "desperately sad and tragic".

"It is also in some ways shocking that the body of a young woman of some 37 years of age can lie undiscovered for a period of 19 months," she said.

An aerosol can was reportedly found near Ms Watson's body, indicating she may have ingested solvents.

Ms Watson's brother William Watson told the inquest his sister had suffered depression and alcoholism following a divorce and moved numerous times before settling at the South Belfast address near to where she died.

The man she lived with said Ms Watson was frequently absent and when she disappeared in 2009 he believed she had moved on.

Source: BBC

Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson

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