The death of mother Bernadette Connolly, who was last seen on Dublin beach, is “a mystery”, the inquest said

The death of Dubliner Bernadette Mary Connolly, whose body was discovered on a Blackpool beach earlier this year, has been described as a mystery at an inquest in England.

The 49-year-old was reported missing on January 7 after her coat and bag were found on Donabate beach.

A few weeks later, on February 4, a body washed up in Blackpool and DNA analysis confirmed it was Bernadette.

The tragic mother, from Dublin’s Berwick Avenue, was last dropped off by a taxi in the car park of the Shoreline Hotel in Donabate just before noon on January 7.

She walked to the Donabate Beach entrance and snapped a photo of Malahide Bay with her cell phone less than an hour later.

Her coat and purse, which contained her cellphone, were later discovered on the beach.

An inquest was held at Blackpool Town Hall on Tuesday, the Lancashire News reported.

Chief Medical Examiner Alan Wilson heard Ms Connolly had “no mental health problems” and her family insisted she had not taken her own life.

The coroner said: “Bernadette Connolly went missing unexpectedly on January 7th.

Her clothes were found on Donabate beach and despite an extensive search she was not found until Friday afternoon February 4 when her body was found hanging on the seawall.

“This lady had been found because the tide had receded and there was no indication that she had been the victim of a crime.

“She probably went into the sea, but it can’t be determined how or why.

“This lady had much to look forward to; She had a new career, she had no financial worries, she had a loving family, she had a happy Christmas and she had recently paid off her health insurance. Did she die of her own doings or did she intend to end her life? I can not say it.”

An inquiry conducted by Gardaí with the support of Lancashire Constabulary concluded that there were no suspicious circumstances or evidence of third party involvement in Bernadette’s death.

A pathologist could not determine a medical cause of death due to the “widespread decomposition” of her body.

In a report to the coroner, Dr. Ellen Jones, the GP of Bernadette the Dublin mother “never said anything about ending her own life”, adding that the day before she disappeared she made a “considerable” contribution to her health insurance premium.

The inquiry revealed that Bernadette, who worked as a security guard at Dublin Airport for 17 years, lived with her parents and daughter Jade, who her beloved mother described as “intelligent, independent and kind”.

In a statement, she said: “Our bond is unbreakable, it’s so, so strong. We are best friends who have laughed a lot, cried a lot, shared ups and downs.

“Countless memories that will live on forever and I promise to make many more for both of us. I wanted to say how proud I am to be your daughter. My teacher, my protector, my world.” The death of mother Bernadette Connolly, who was last seen on Dublin beach, is “a mystery”, the inquest said

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