Tragedy as 26-year-old woman is found drowned in Manchester reservoir hours after she went missing

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A young woman found drowned in a Manchester tank committed suicide after suffering from depression, a coroner has ruled.

Paulina Biernacka, 26, was reported missing by friends around 11 a.m. on Sunday October 18 last year.

In a police call released at the time, Greater Manchester Police said they were last seen on Jetson Street in Abbey Hey, Gorton, around 1 a.m.

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Area coroner Zak Golombeck told Manchester Coroner’s Court: “Paulina was missing from the house she shared with others.

“Due to their concern, they called the police around 11 am.

“A search for a high-risk home began later in the day at around 5 pm.



Police at the scene in Debdale Park last October

A correspondence to the cell phone belonging to Paulina was located at a site adjacent to the reservoir in Debdale Park in Gorton.

“As a result, an underwater search team was called in and tasked with searching for the lake.”



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He added: “About 10 meters from her phone and under approximately 2 meters of water, Paulina’s body was discovered.

“An initial examination revealed no obvious injuries or signs of third party involvement.

“She was identified at the scene.”



Pathologist recorded cause of death as drowning, court heard

A pathologist performed an autopsy and toxicology tests and indicated that the cause of death was drowning, the court said.

Paulina was born in Poland before moving to the UK. The court heard that his close friend, Lukasz Stocklosa, had acted as the family representative and had spoken to an officer of the police coroner to assist him in the inquiries.

He told PC Taylor that he had known Paulina since about 2012 and that she had “felt depressed on several occasions,” Mr Golombeck said.

“However, there was a special reference to a time when Mr Stocklosa and Paulina were able to have a positive experience together when they traveled to Old Trafford to watch a Manchester United game.

“Mr. Stocklosa describes Paulina at the game as lively and excited like he had never seen her before.

“Mr Stocklosa also refers to an incident that Paulina informed him about when she was living in Poland and planning to kill herself.

“When it comes to her time in the UK, she seems to be in a bad mood quite often and Mr Stocklosa describes Paulina’s emotions as highs and lows.”

The court heard that Paulina had left a note on an electronic device clearly indicating her intention to kill herself.

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Mr Golombeck did not read the note in its entirety, but said it included sentences including “I am helpless” and “I am like a definition of the English word pathetic”.

The coroner concluded that Paulina had committed suicide and that the cause of death was drowning.

Speaking to Mr Stocklosa via video link, Mr Golombeck added: “I would like to offer my condolences on the loss of Paulina and I would ask that my condolences go to her family and friends.”

Mr Stocklosa thanked the court and added that her family hoped that Paulina’s laptop could now be returned as she was described as a “gamer” and used it frequently.

Mr Golombeck said he would contact police to ensure the laptop is released.

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