The body of a mother found in woodland on Ministry of Defence (MoD) land in Sandhurst was discovered “nine to 10” days after her death.
An inquest into the death of Emma Winterton , 28, was held at Woking Coroner’s Court on Monday (April 1).
The mother-of-one’s body was found in a wooded area behind St Michael’s Church in Camberley on June 25, 2018.
Evidence read out by assistant coroner Anna Loxton stated that it was believed the body had been there for “nine to 10 days” before it was discovered and was “partially” decomposed.
Ms Loxton continued to say that the body was found “in an area known to be frequented by rough sleepers and drug users”.
The coroner could only record an open conclusion verdict, with the cause of death as “unascertained”, due to “the extent of the decomposition” of Mrs Winterton’s body.
Both the parents of Mrs Winterton and her estranged husband were present at the inquest, described by Ms Loxton as a “sad case”.
Mrs Winterton had been last seen by family on June 11, 2018 and was reported missing 10 days later after missing her son’s birthday party.
A report read out at the inquest suggested that Mrs Winterton’s body had been “possibly covered with a sleeping bag” in the woodland. Her body was found about five metres away from a tent.
The report’s author added: “I cannot exclude that another individual was present at or around the point of her death and covered her body.”
Ms Loxton acknowledged how Mrs Winterton had had a history of emotionally unstable personality disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse.
A toxicology report found both cocaine and heroin in her blood. She was said to be at “medium to high risk” at the time of her death.
The court heard how the mother had previously attempted suicide in February 2010, and had also taken drug overdoses on multiple occasions.
Ms Loxton said during her findings: “She expressed disappointment at still being alive following her suicide attempt.”
It was also acknowledged at the inquest that Mrs Winterton had been clean from drugs for a period of time before her death, and had been in good spirits when last seen by her family.
The area in which Mrs Winterton was found is on MoD land, but is not within the grounds of the neighbouring Royal Military Academy Sandhurst .