The inquest into the death of a young woman described as ‘fun, open-minded and enthusiastic’ has concluded with an open verdict.

Kerry Ann Hambly, 35 was found dead at her home in Helston on October 5, 2023, after concerns were raised when she failed to communicate with family members for several days.

Kerry had a challenging past. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her teenage years after traumatic events, she struggled with substance abuse issues throughout her life.

Despite these struggles, Kerry had made significant progress, remaining sober for six months before her death and making plans for the future.

She was passionate about cooking and catering, utilising her skills through the Cornwall Neighbourhood for Change programme.

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An inquest held today (June 20) at Cornwall Coroner’s Court heard how Kerry made contact with her grandmother on October 2 when they spoke on the phone. However, a day later her mother said she had missed a call from Kerry, but could not get through to her.

A call for concern was raised, and on October 5 a paramedic attended Kerry’s property on Trengrouse Way. All the windows and doors to the property were locked, except for Kerry’s bedroom window, which was left slightly open.

The paramedic gained access through the window and found Kerry deceased in her bedroom.

Police said there were no signs of alcohol or drug paraphernalia, and there were no signs of trauma.

Due to the time of her death and the post-mortem, no cause of death was established. Coroner Stephen Covell concluded with an open verdict, stating that he could not determine the cause of death on the balance of probabilities.

He offered his condolences to Kerry's family and thanked them for their engagement throughout the process.

Kerry’s twin sister Donna, who was at the inquest today spoke highly of her sister. She said: “Despite the struggles she faced, Kerry was tenacious, humorous, caring, and creative with a love for art and music.

“She was also practical, she was great at mechanics and also making things look nice. She got involved with Cornwall Wildlife Trust sessions which helped her learn about nature and flowers.

“She hid a lot of her challenges and she always put on a brave face, and had the determination to move onwards and upwards with her life."