Relatives searching for a missing man found their loved-one’s body after a picture he posted on Facebook led them to the scene.
Floor-fitter Jamie Taylor, who had a history of depression, had left his Joiners Square home the previous evening.
An inquest heard the 35-year-old then set up a makeshift camp for the night in a nearby wooded area, using branches and leaves. He took a photo of the spot and uploaded it to social media.
This picture was seen by his relatives the following morning. They thought they recognised the area and headed out to search for him.
They discovered his body just a few feet away from the temporary shelter in Trent Mill nature reserve, Joiners Square, on August 27.
The inquest heard how Jamie, of Cornes Street, had battled mental health problems since he was a child. It was not unusual for him to leave the house for periods of time.
PC Jessica Johnson was called to the nature reserve following the discovery of the body.
Recording a conclusion of suicide, North Staffordshire assistant coroner Sarah Murphy said: “He seemed to be very good at masking his mental health issues. There was no way of predicting what happened.
“I want to express my sincere condolences to the family. It is clear to me that you are a very close family.”
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