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Woman's body discovered in flat after a Newmarket shopkeeper saw maggots dropping through his ceiling




The coroner recorded an open conclusion (6633166)
The coroner recorded an open conclusion (6633166)

A woman's body was discovered after a Newmarket shopkeeper saw maggots dropping through his ceiling, an inquest has heard.

Police broke into a flat above the premises in High Street and found the remains of Tracey Gammon.

On Friday Suffolk Coroners Court was told that Miss Gammon, 53, who lived alone in the rented flat, appeared to have suffered some kind of medical episode while using her laptop computer.

But senior coroner Nigel Parsley said that because of the decomposed condition of Miss Gammon's body it had not been possible to establish a cause of death.

Following a post mortem examination and specialist toxicology tests, consultant pathologist Dr Karl Love had recorded the cause as "unascertained", said Mr Parsley.

Tracey Gammon's body was found in a High Street flat
Tracey Gammon's body was found in a High Street flat

The inquest heard how shopkeeper Andrew Hartwell had seen maggots falling from the ceiling his premises on June 6 last year and noticed a strong smell.

When police arrived, officers found the flat above the shop secure and broke in to find Miss Gammon's body on the floor of the lounge.

No next of kin could be traced and because of the condition of the body it was not possible to carry out identification using fingerprints.

Mr Parsley said that identification was conducted on the balance of probability with the flat having been secure from within, no injuries being detected, mail found behind the front door being addressed to Miss Gammon and her status as a long-term tenant.

The coroner recorded an open conclusion.