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Drowned teacher Leda Bolden 'had been arguing'

Leda Bolden
Image caption There was "no evidence" Leda Bolden took her own life

A teacher whose body was found in a Bedfordshire river had had a "routine disagreement" with her family before she went missing, an inquest heard.

The body of Leda Bolden, from Waterloo Road in the town, was spotted in a low hanging tree by fire officers training in the River Ouse on 30 April.

Mrs Bolden, 39, was in a "good relationship" but "may have drank a little more than most" the court heard.

Bob Amos, assistant coroner for Bedford, recorded a narrative verdict.

'Agitated state'

Mrs Bolden, who taught in Hitchin and had a teenage daughter, was last seen alive on 31 March when she left the family home following a "routine family disagreement", Bedfordshire Police said.

Mr Amos said at Ampthill Coroner's Court ruled out suicide because it could not be proved beyond all reasonable doubt she took her own life.

He added: "How she came to be in the water is unclear but there is no evidence of the involvement of a third party and no evidence she took her own life.

"However, I can conclude she was in an agitated state of mind and possibly under the influence of alcohol."

A post-mortem examination revealed Mrs Bolden died of immersion. Her death was not treated as suspicious.

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