American tourist Denise Gray ‘took her own life’ in Revesby

Denise Gray
Denise Gray

An American tourist whose disappearance launched a four-day long search for her whereabouts committed suicide in Revesby near where she was living, an inquest heard.

52-year-old Denise Gray was in the UK on six-month visa and was reported missing by James Robinson, the man she was living with, on March 3.

Her body was discovered four days later in woodland in Revesby after a search involving hundreds of police and volunteers, including search teams from other counties,

An inquest held at Spilsby determined that Ms Gray had taken her own life.

Her body was found fully clothed, laying down 700 yards from the house she was living in Abbey Road, Revesby.

Empty medicine packets were found near her body and Ms Gray was wearing headphones at her time of death.

A toxicology report determined that Ms Gray had taken codeine and paracetamol.

Deputy Coroner Paul Smith said the report showed that she had a “toxic level of paracetamol” in her system.

The muscle relaxant Cyclobenzaprine was also found in her system.

A postmortem report determined that ingestion of the drugs led to cardiorespiratory failure.

Ms Gray was staying with James Robinson who she met on a dating website.

The inquest heard that she suggested the possibility of marriage to Mr Robinson but he told her “that was not going to happen.”

In Mr Robinson’s statement, which was read out in court, he said that Ms Gray had an outstanding court date in America and her teachers licence was going to be revoked.

Mr Robinson believed that Ms Gray seemed happy with the decision and she was going to make plans to return home temporarily.

The next day she was acting strangely and then told Mr Robinson she was going out for a walk.

After not returning to the house in Abbey Road Mr Robinson called the police.

A search was launched and Ms Gray’s body was found four days later on March 7.

A note was left at the home and diary pages, which were not read out at the inquest, showed that Ms Gray had contemplated death.

Deputy Coroner Paul Smith concluded that Ms Gray “took her own life.”