Ventnor woman who drowned in sea took her own life

A VENTNOR woman found floating in the sea off Ventnor took her own life, the Isle of Wight Coroner concluded.

Jennifer Zoe Key, of Downside, was pronounced dead on August 18, 2019.

An inquest at the Isle of Wight Coroner’s Court heard the 69-year-old had been found in the sea.

A statement from Mrs Key’s GP painted the picture of someone with a number of mental health issues, anxiety and depression.

She had long been suffering from pain in her sinuses and ears, and had overdosed on medication on four previous occasions.

Her GP said she had intrusive thoughts of walking into the sea.

Mrs Key’s neighbour saw her the evening before, walking toward Down Lane in the dark, and noted how unusual it was for her to be out at such a time. The next day she became aware her neighbour was missing.

A member of the public, who had only lived on the Island a week, found Mrs Key’s body after noticing it in the water near Ventnor.

Mrs Key’s husband of 38 years, Richard, said he returned home from a gig but did not want to disturb his wife and had slept in a separate room. In the morning, he discovered she was missing.

Coroner, Caroline Sumeray, said Mrs Key had an extensive mental health history with significant overdoses in the last few years. Her husband was forced to take action to try to limit them from happening.

Mrs Sumeray said she was satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that Mrs Key killed herself.

Her cause of death was attributed to drowning.

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