Inquest held into death of tragic teen Declan Edwards

MISSING: Declan Edwards. (s)
MISSING: Declan Edwards. (s)
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Burnley teenager Declan Edwards was found hanged after taking ecstasy and amphetamines, an inquest heard.

The 16-year-old Unity College pupil was found by police in a secluded area of Rowley Woods on Thursday, May 8th. He had been missing since Sunday after.

Declan was described throughout the hearing as a popular and well-liked young lad who had a lot of friends and a loving family.

Witness statements from his friends told how they had gone out on the Friday before he went missing planning to have a “mad weekend”.

The amount of drugs found in his system was consistent with somebody who had been taking them recreationally and Det. Sgt. Charlie Haynes said there was no evidence to suggest that there was any direct third party involvement in his death.

In returning a narrative conclusion, Mr Taylor said: “Declan Edwards was found suspended from a tree in Rowley Woods. He had ingested a quantity of amphetamines and ecstasy.”