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Obsession with hair before taking own life

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 28, 2014

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A woman killed herself after becoming "obsessed" with her hair colour, an inquest heard yesterday.

Frankie Warren, 26, was found hanged in woods after complaining to friends and family that she hated her hair.

Ms Warren disappeared in her car just hours after having her hair done and hanged herself, an inquest in Flax Bourton, near Bristol, heard.

She was reported missing by her family on May 29 last year. Police found her body on May 31 in Sedgley, West Midlands, 80 miles from her home in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire.

Sam Cotton, her boyfriend, told the court in a written statement that in the two months leading to her death she had problems with her hair and added: "It took over her life, she was really worried."

In December 2012 Ms Warren had moved back in with her parents so she and her boyfriend could save for a house but she became down.

On May 14, her GP Dr Mark Thompson referred her to Lift, a psychotherapy organisation. The inquest heard her doctor and psychologists diagnosed Ms Warren with depression, but neither said they believed her to be a risk to herself.

Giving evidence Dr Thompson and Jade Whiston, who saw Ms Warren at Lift, said she she was "obsessing" with her hair.

Recording a conclusion that Ms Warren took her own life, Deputy Assistant Coroner Terence Moore, said he did not know what led to her to do it.

"The only thing I can say is that she'd driven away from the factors that were protecting her, her home, her parents, her boyfriend and it maybe that just moving herself physically from those was enough."

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