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Found Dead: A Demented Woman Wanders From Home, And Is Found Dead Almost A Month Afterwards

Story on the death of Esther Wilcock Lythgoe

On July 19 last, Sister Esther Lythgoe, who has been mentally deranged for some time, and was in charge of her son, James Lythgoe, strayed from home. As soon as it was known, the Bishop, C. Richins, took the matter in hand and well scoured the country all around, with both old and young people for nearly two weeks, until all nearly despaired of finding her except her relatives, who kept up the search at intervals, but without success. On Sunday, August 16, two little boys were bathing, when they suddenly came upon the remains of Sister Lythgoe. Notice was given to the justice of the peace, a jury was summoned, who, according to the evidence given rendered the following verdict:

Territory of Utah,
County of Summit,
Hennefer Precinct.

An Inquisition holden at Hennefer, Hennefer Precinct, Summit County, on the 17th day of August, 1885, before Robert A. Jones, Justice of the Peace in said county upon the body of Esther Lythgoe there lying dead, by the jurors whose names are hereto subscribed. The said jurors upon their oaths do say that the said Esther Lythgoe came to her death, according to evidence produced, by an appoplectic fit, and that on the 19th day of July, 1885, she strayed away from home unobserved by her guardian. In testimony whereof the said jurors have hereunto set their hands the day and year aforesaid, James Pasket, Stephen Beard, William Brewer.

Done at Hennefor the day and year aforesaid before me, Robert A. Jones, Justice of the Peace, H.P.

Much credit is due to the bishop and others of this place for their untiring efforts to recover the body. The funeral services were held at 3p.m. yesterday.

Robert A. Jones

Owner/SourceDeseret News
Date18 Aug 1885
Linked toEsther Wilcock

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