Body Of Missing Woman Found

Coroner's office confirms her body is in Surrey

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The body of missing Gladys Whigham has been found in Surrey, with all the paperwork in order.

Her body, along with her 56-year-old son, Nathaniel Whigham, went missing sometime after he was last seen in Ireland in October.

But the Surrey Coroner's Officer has now confirmed that her body is in the county and all the necessary paperwork is in order.

Mrs Whigham, aged 91 and a former lay preacher at the United Reform Church in Wimbledon, died of natural causes while on holiday in Malta in September.

Her son, who had also been a member of the church in Mansel Road, is understood to have driven a car containing his mother's coffin to Kenmare in Ireland on October 4. On October 14 an Irish coroner had given him a four-day deadline to either bury or cremate the body, or it would be confiscated and put in cold storage.

Irish police called at the house on October 18, but there was no sign of either Mr Whigham or his mother's body, until Surrey Police reported to their county's Coroner's Officer last week.

As well as her church activity, Mrs Whigham was very active in the community. She had been secretary, chairman and president of the Wandsworth branch of the Parkinson Disease Society during a 40-year period.

November 15, 2010