A 69-YEAR-OLD mother drowned after falling into a drain at the side of a road soon after visiting a neighbour.
An inquest into the death of Mrs. Maureen Duffy of Montiagh, Curry heard she went to a neighbour's house at around 12.30pm on May 31st last, leaving at 3pm but she never returned home and was reported missing.
The next day her body was found face down in a drain approximately half a mile from her home.
Sergeant Philip Maree said there was no evidence of foul play or that Mrs. Duffy had been involved in a traffic accident.
Coroner, Dr. Desmond Moran said Mrs. Duffy must have tripped and fallen into the drain.
In a statement read to the inquest, Mrs. Margaret O'Donnell said she lived at Cloonaughill and Mrs. Duffy called to visit at around 12.30 pm on May 31st.
"She was in great form, talking away," said Mrs. O'Donnell. Mrs. Duffy left at 3 pm.
"I walked her up to the top of the road and we said our goodbyes.
"She walked on ahead towards Cully crossroads and she had a red shopping bag with her," said Mrs. O'Donnell.
Garda Mairead Gibbons of Tubbercurry Garda Station told the inquest that she was informed Mrs. Duffy was missing at 1.40 am on June 1st.
Her husband, Seamus and daughter Eileen had searched the roads in the area looking for her.
Gardai also drove the roads using the search lamp on the patrol car.
At first light they searched again, walking the road from Mrs. O'Donnell's house to Cully crossroads and other roads.
Sean McCormack, in a statement, said he was passing through Montiagh in his van about 12.15 pm on June 1st when he was flagged down by Mrs. Martha Durcan who said she spotted a red bag in the dyke on the roadside and that there was a woman missing in the area.
She asked him if he would take a look in the dyke and he saw the body of a woman face down, deep in the drain.
Dr. Moran said Dr. Clive Clive Kilgallen, who conducted the post mortem examination, concluded that that death was due to fresh water drowning.
There was alcohol detected at 114 mgs in the urine but this was more or less at a social level, said Dr. Moran who extended sympathy to Mrs. Duffy's husband and family.