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Open verdict on 'bubbly' girl who was found hanged

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: August 26, 2010

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A CAMBORNE teenager found hanging in a riding stable has been described as a "very happy and bubbly" girl.

An open verdict was recorded into the death of 13-year-old Jessica Beth Nobel at an inquest in Truro last week.

The teenager from Roscroggan was found with a noose of nylon baling twine around her neck but her family believe her death was caused by experimentation.

Her mother, Nicola, said: "She was a nice young lady who was growing into a beautiful, confident young woman. She will always be missed."

Her stepfather, Colin Brown, said Jessica loved animals.

"She was much loved by all and touched many people's lives. Jessica loved horses and was a very good rider.

"She started riding when she was seven, eight years old and was self-taught. She was looking forward to forthcoming show jumping events."

He added: "Jessica liked school and was a good student – she had a wicked sense of humour. We would like to extend thanks to friends, family and Camborne Community College for all their help and support."

DC Ryan Parker, who investigated Jessica's death, described her as a "very happy, bubbly child".

At the inquest he was questioned by coroner, Dr Emma Carlyon, over whether Jessica could have been experimenting with the twine when she died or if it could have been a cry for help that went wrong.

DC Parker said he could find no reason why she would take her own life. No notes were found after Jessica's death.

Her mother added: "She was happy. I think she was experimenting and it went wrong."

Dr Carlyon said: "There were no obvious triggers for this. There is a possibility she was experimenting or it was a cry for help that went wrong. We don't know what happened."

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