Tragic teenagers pictured after pair found dead in park in suspected suicide pact


Jack Williams, 18, and Katherine Powell, 17, were found by an early morning dog walker at Bothenhampton Nature Reserve near Bridport, Dorset, on January 25

Jack Williams and Katherine Powell were found dead
Jack Williams and Katherine Powell were found dead

Two tragic teenagers who are believed to have died as part of a suicide pact have been pictured for the first time.

The bodies of Jack Williams, 18, and Katherine Powell, 17, were found by an early morning dog walker at Bothenhampton Nature Reserve near Bridport, Dorset, on Tuesday last week (January 25).

The photo shows the pair outside Cherries cafe and ice cream parlor in nearby West Bay, where Mr Williams lived.

An inquiry into their deaths was opened on Thursday.

An initial post-mortem examination has revealed the provisional cause of death for both of them was hanging.

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A dog walker found the bodies at Bothenhampton Nature Reserve
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The hearing was told both Mr Williams and Miss Powell were known to police and identified by Dorset Police custody system images.

They were both single and unemployed, with Miss Powell’s home address given as Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Coroner’s officer Grace Monro said both had “had recent contact” with police.

The pair were pronounced dead at the scene
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“There are no evidence of third-party involvement,” she added.

Ms Monro said police and paramedics had been called after two unresponsive bodies were found, with both pronounced dead at the scene.

The post mortem examination was carried out by Dr Robert Blahut, at Holly Tree Lodge mortuary, Bournemouth.

Both were said to be known to police
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Both bodies have been released to the families for funerals.

Dorset Senior Coroner Rachael Griffin adjourned the inquest at Bournemouth Town Hall until July 4 for a pre inquest review.

Dorset Police has said the deaths are not being treated as suspicious, though investigators were working to establish the circumstances on behalf of the coroner.

Detective Sergeant Simon Lee previously said: “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the two young people who tragically died.”

The force has referred itself to the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), over the matter.

According to the IPOC’s website, one of the reasons a force should refer itself to them is “if someone had direct or indirect contact with the police when, or shortly before, they were seriously injured or died’ and where ‘the contact may have caused or contributed to death or injury.”

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