THE identity of a woman who was found dead at an Oxford beauty spot has been confirmed at an inquest opening.

Carolyn Achia, 28, was found by a member of the public at Shotover Country Park in Old Road in Headington on Thursday, March 21.

Police and emergency services closed off the area for several hours to the public while an investigation was carried out.

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Oxford Mail: Forensic officers outside the parkForensic officers outside the park (Image: NQ)

Forensic officers could be seen heading into the wooded area and police advised the public that the death was being treated as ‘unexplained’ but ‘not suspicious’.

A South Central Ambulance Service staff member verified her death at about 7.10am. It is believed that Miss Achia was found at about 6.45am.

At Oxford Coroner’s Court on Wednesday (April 3), an inquest opening was held into Miss Achia’s death.

It was heard that she was a research scientist who lived in Benson Road, Headington. She was born in Kenya.

Oxford Mail: Police cordon at the parkPolice cordon at the park (Image: NQ)

A post-mortem examination was carried out and the medical cause of death has been provided as ‘hanging pending further investigation’.

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Her body was identified to police using photographic comparison.

Floral tributes were left at the opening of the path into the wooded area following the lifting of the police cordon.

A full inquest into her death will take place at the same court on September 26 at 10am.


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