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Open verdict recorded after inquest into estate agent’s drowning

The body of Buckinghamshire agent Harpreet Gill was found in the River Jubilee near Taplow on March 18th March.

Nigel Lewis

estate agent

Mystery continues to surround the drowning of Buckinghamshire estate agent Harpreet Gill after an inquest into her death recorded an open verdict.

The body of the 34-year-old estate agent was discovered two weeks after she was reported missing on March 1st this year and ten days after some of clothes were discovered at the side of the Jubilee River – a offshoot of the Thames – near the Buckinghamshire village of Dorney, approximately two miles from her home in Taplow.

On March 3rd a women out jogging with her dog found a dark quilted jacket and a pair of black trainers on the bank of the river and contacted police.

But it took another 15 days for her body to discovered by a kayaker on the river who spotted something in the water while returning to the bank in her boat.

In a statement read out at the inquest she said she paddled over and realised it was a person when she saw an orange or brown T-shirt.

During the inquest it was revealed that Gill had recently separated from her husband and had written expressions of sorrow in her notebook.

Returning an open verdict, local media report that Bucks coroner Crispin Butler said: “We will never know the answer to how she came to be on that stretch of river [but] I don’t want to speculate on what her thought processes were.”

July 17, 2020

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