The tragic death of a Blackburn with Darwen Council worker has been heard at an inquest.

Revenues and benefits administration officer John Mark Airey, 41, of Albany Drive, Blackburn, was declared missing by Lancashire Police last year. 

He was last seen by family and friends on Thursday, September 28.

An appeal had been shared across the council’s and police social media pages asking for the public to help find Mr Airey.

An inquest into his death at Blackburn Town Hall heard that Mr Airey was a man who "stuck to routines religiously" and would never miss an arrangement.

A friend of Mr Airey's suggested to check Pleasington Cemetery in Blackburn. 

The police received a report that a man had been located on the grounds of the cemetery and officers found Mr Airey down an embankment at the site at 5pm on Friday, October 6.

The court also heard that a note had been found on Mr Airey that disclosed his intentions, and that his personal belongings were also located to suggest there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Mr Airey had no history of mental health issues and was believed to be well and healthy.

Coroner Richard Taylor recorded a conclusion of suicide after the court was told his cause of death was hanging.

He said: "I offer my sincere condolences and I am so sorry to the family for having to relive this sad time."

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