Grieving family of missing Stoke-on-Trent woman found dead in fire-hit building are still waiting for answers

The grieving family of a 40-year-old missing woman found dead in an outbuilding six days after a fire broke out there are still waiting to find out what caused her death.

The body of Lucy Wright was discovered at an address on Beresford Street, in Shelton, on September 11 – seven days after she had last been seen alive by her family.

She was reported missing from her Trentham home by concerned relatives and Staffordshire Police made a number of public appeals as part of their attempts to find her.

It was later confirmed that a fire had broken out in the outbuilding where she was found just a day after she had disappeared.

Now an inquest has been opened and adjourned following the tragedy.

Police in Beresford Street, Shelton, following the discovery of Lucy Wright’s body

North Staffordshire assistant coroner Sarah Murphy said: “The body of the deceased was found in an outbuilding following a fire reported in the outbuilding six days previously.

“She had been reported missing by her mother on September 4. The cause of death is unascertained and an inquest will be necessary. An inquest date will be set administratively.”

Staffordshire Police have referred themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct due to previous police contact with Lucy prior to her death.

A police spokesman said: “A post-mortem examination has been unable to establish a cause of death. Detectives do not believe the circumstances to be suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

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