Woman, 26, found drowned in reservoir hours after pals reported her as missing

Data from Paulina Biernacka’s mobile phone led police to a reservoir in a park in Gorton, Manchester – where her body was tragically found on October 18 last year

Paulina’s cause of death was ruled as drowning, an inquest heard

A woman was found dead in a reservoir just hours after her worried housemates reported her missing, an inquest heard.

Friends told police Paulina Biernacka, 26, had disappeared at around 11am on October 18 last year.

In an appeal published at the time, Greater Manchester Police said she was last seen at around 1am.

A hearing was told a search was then started at around 5pm the same day – with phone data used to pinpoint Paulina’s location.

This led officers to a reservoir in a park in Gorton, Manchester – where a body was tragically found.

An inquest into Paulina’s death was held on Wednesday, reports the Manchester Evening News.

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Paulina’s body was found in a reservoir in a park in Gorton, Manchester



Area coroner Zak Golombeck told Manchester coroner’s court: “Paulina was missing from the home that she shared with others.

“As a result of their concern they phoned the police at around 11am.

“A high-risk missing from home search commenced later in the day at around 5pm.

“A match of the mobile phone owned by Paulina was pinpointed to a site adjacent to the reservoir within Debdale Park in Gorton.

“As a result, an underwater search team was called and tasked with performing a search of the lake.”

Mr Golombeck continued: “About 10 metres from her phone and under about 2 metres of water Paulina’s body was discovered.

“An initial examination revealed no obvious injuries or signs of third party involvement. She was identified at the scene.”

A pathologist carried out a post-mortem examination and toxicology tests and returned a cause of death as drowning, the inquest heard.

Miss Biernacka was born in Poland before moving to the UK.

The inquest heard her close friend, Lukasz Stocklosa, acted as a family representative and spoke to a police coroner’s officer to help with inquiries.

He told Pc Taylor that he had known Miss Biernacka since around 2012 and that she had ‘felt depressed at various times’.

Mr Golombeck said: “However, there was one particular reference to a time when Mr Stocklosa and Paulina were able to enjoy a positive experience together when they attended Old Trafford to watch a Manchester United game.

“Mr Stocklosa describes Paulina at the game as being animated and excited as he had never seen her before.

“Mr Stocklosa also refers to an incident Paulina informed him about when she was living in Poland and she intended to take her own life.

A coroner ruled that Paulina took her own life



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“In terms of her time in the UK, she would quite often appear to be low in mood and Mr Stocklosa describes Paulina’s emotions as up and down.”

The court heard Miss Biernacka had left a note on an electronic device making clear her intention to take her own life.

The coroner recorded a conclusion that Miss Biernacka took her own life and that the cause of death was drowning.

Speaking to Mr Stocklosa via videolink, Mr Golombeck added: “I would like to offer my condolences for the loss of Paulina and I would ask that my condolences are extended to her family and friends.”

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