Drowned woman ‘may have stumbled into reservoir’

Sally Webster.
Sally Webster.

A SHEFFIELD woman found drowned in a reservoir two months after she went missing from home may have stumbled into the icy water, an inquest was told.

Mother-of-two Sally Webster, aged 48, disappeared from her home in Laird Avenue, Wisewood, on November 20, 2010, following an argument with her husband, Lee.

Her fully clothed body was found in Dam Flask in the Loxley Valley on January 14.

A post mortem found she was uninjured and had drowned.

Pathologist Dr Phillip Lumb said tests on her blood indicated she was three times over the legal drink-drive limit, and added: “She was intoxicated substantially with alcohol at the time of death. This may have made her very unsteady on her feet.”

GP Dr Elizabeth Cooper, of Dykes Hall Medical Centre, said Sally, a sales assistant at the Within Reason shop in Devonshire Street, became depressed when her mother died. She prescribed anti-depressants for what she described as a “significant depressive illness.”

Sally’s husband, a civil servant, told the hearing that Sally was a lovely, gentle and private person who kept everything to herself, including the state of her health.

He explained they were on their way to Chatsworth but he turned the car around and returned home to work on their house extension after they rowed. When he came down from the roof several hours later, she had gone.

DC Ian Rawlins said the search for Sally had been held up by freezing weather and that her body was discovered only when ice had melted. There were no suspicious circumstances and he said it was possible she could have stumbled.

Coroner Julian Fox recorded a narrative verdict.