Deal woman died in the snow after calls went unanswered

Bernadette Lee's body was found in the snow next door to her sister's home

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A 25-year-old woman froze to death in the snow while drunk after a series of phone calls to friends and family went unanswered, an inquest has heard.

Bernadette Lee, from Deal, died from hypothermia and alcohol intoxication, post-mortem examinations found.

Her snow-covered body was found at the front of a house next to her sister's home after a night out in January.

Her sister was not at home at the time as she had lost her keys and had gone to stay with a friend.

"She was my sister and my friend. She was too young to die," Jodie Lee said.

Miss Lee had been out with friends but got separated from them, the inquest in Sandwich heard.

No shoes or coat

She was due to stay with a friend but had been unable to reach her on the phone as the friend was already on the phone to her partner.

Miss Lee's father's mobile was switched off and her calls to other friends were unanswered, with the last call being made at 03:51 GMT, the coroner was told.

Her body was found by a man walking his dog a few hours later.

She was wearing only a dress and had no shoes or coat.

Roger Lee, Miss Lee's father, said he had his daughter's photographs up at home.

"I'm thinking about Bernadette all the time," he said.

"She was loved by loads of people, and she's really really missed by everyone," her sister added.

The coroner recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

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