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An inquest opening into the death of 22-year-old Rosie Johnson, who went missing in Wootton last month, has confirmed that she was found hanging in woodland.

A major search, which attracted the attention of the national media, was launched in the Wootton area of the Isle of Wight on Tuesday 25th June after the young woman was reported missing by her employer, PGL Little Canada, the previous day.

Police, WightSAR, Hants SAR and HM Coastguard – as well as a number of Rosie’s colleagues – searched for several days in a bid to locate the university graduate alive and well.

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Sadly, at just gone 15:00 on Friday 28th June, Rosie’s body was found off hanging in woodland off the main road through Havenstreet.

An inquest opening held in Newport this week heard how the 22-year-old was in a heightened emotional state having separated from her boyfriend. She was also due to have a meeting at work following a recent dispute. Rosie had been drinking alcohol.

A post-mortem examination has confirmed that the cause of death was hanging.

The inquest has been adjourned by Coroner Caroline Sumeray until 20th November 2019.

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A large scale search was launched to find missing Rosie Johnson

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Marilyn Berridge

My thoughts are with her family at this sad time.


How heart breaking, so very ,very sad

Martin Ryde

How awful, condolences to her family and friends… To others, there is always another way out when felling so desperate, please talk to someone anyone x


So very sad but why put the family through any more by adjourning the inquest till November? RIP young lady xx

none given

because like everything, there are only so many people employed by the state to carry out inquests and as such there is a backlog. It was only a few years ago that in some parts of the country, people waited years for inquests to take place into untimely or unexplained deaths.

cuts in coroners budgets, staffing levels and availability of other resources all contribute to longer timeframes for inquests.
Legally, if I recall it cannot be earlier than six weeks after death anyhow.


So sad,R.I.P XX

Tim C

Its unimaginable and so very sad for a young person with so much life left to feel so very hopeless with seeming no one to turn to.

This should prompt a campaign on the island to highlight that there are people to turn to and there can be hope and happiness again.


O poor Rosie, you so needed to talk, RIP sweetheart. Thoughts are with family and friends at this sad time xx

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