Accidental death recorded for King’s Lynn woman

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Concerns have been raised about the care given to a woman with dementia whose body was found in the River Ouse.

Margaret Bodger, 80, of Lady Jane Grey Road, Lynn, was reported missing by her family on April 21 and was found the following day.

An inquest in Lynn today (Monday, October 5) heard that Mrs Bodger, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimers and dementia, was referred to the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s Complexities in Later Life team in March.

She was assessed by a member of the team on April 2. Mrs Bodger was transferred from the intensive team to the community section and was due to meet with her nurse on April 21 but staff had telephoned to check on her. The trust is investigating the case.

At the hearing, her nephew, Dr Clive Bond, said: “Really we were hoping that there would be more support from the authorities. It appears there is a gap there. I do have concerns about the timing, if anything could come out of that as a learning process.”

Police had launched a search for Mrs Bodger after she was reported missing.

She was last seen by a passing motorist on the evening of April 20 walking along Loke Road. On April 22, cyclist James Riley found her body on the river bank.

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake recorded a verdict of accidental death.