Carer, 19, tragically took own life after argument with friend on phone, inquest hears

Carer Lucy Candlish, 19, took her own life after a row with a friend

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A teenager tragically took her own life after having an argument on the phone with a friend, an inquest heard.

Lucy Candlish, 19, from Blackhill, County Durham, was found dead in a wooded area on February 3, days after she left her family home, telling her parents she was going for a walk.

The 19-year-old's dad said he believes the heated row involved "derogatory remarks" which pushed her "to the point where she took her own life", reports ChronicleLive.

Police were called the following day after Lucy failed to return home, but the investigation was hampered by a series of hoax calls pretending to be the missing teen.

The hearing at Durham and Darlington Coroner’s Court today was told mum Melanie Candlish heard Lucy engaged in a row on the evening of January 31.

A statement read out in court from dad, Ian Candlish, stated: “Melaine, Lucy’s mum, went into the kitchen and heard someone say she had ‘no friends, no one likes her and she was an ugly cow’.

The teenager had told her parents she was going for a walk before disappearing

“The next thing Lucy was at the front door, putting her shoes on. She said she was going for a walk.

“Melaine only heard part of the argument but we are sure a lot more derogatory remarks were made to push Lucy to the point where she took her own life."

Mr Candlish described his daughter as a "loving and caring" person who had found her true calling after becoming a carer.

Family and friends arrive at St Mary's church in Consett for Lucy's funeral
(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

The court heard her parents called the police the following morning after she failed to return home.

Officers then started a missing person investigation and her family put out a social media appeal.

Detective Inspector Christopher Woollett said the investigation was hampered after officers received hoax calls pretending to be Lucy and saying she was being held hostage.

Lucy, who 'always had a smile on her face', as a young child

The incident received a “significant” police response, the court heard.

On February 3 officers received a call from a dog walker who said they had found Lucy in a Consett woodland.

A post mortem examination concluded the cause of death was pressure on the neck caused by hanging.

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The court heard Lucy had previously sought help after struggling with her mental health and had tried to take her own life.

Senior Coroner Jeremy Chipperfield said the conversation with her friend appeared to cause the teenager “extreme distress” and it was some kind of “trigger” for her action.

Mr Chipperfield believed Lucy intended to take her own life and ruled the cause of death as suicide.

Addressing her mum and sister who were in the court, Mr Chipperfield added: “I can’t imagine the devastation to you of losing Lucy in these circumstances.”

After Lucy went missing, appeals for information on her whereabouts were shared thousands of times online and the family thanked everyone who shared a post or provided support.

For confidential support from volunteers, including for suicidal thoughts, Samaritans can be contacted free, on 116 123 or by email to [email protected]

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