Suicidal Woman dies after poor network failed to deliver text to a close friend

A woman who feared she would commit suicide, decided to send a text message to her friend asking to be saved. Unfortunately, due to poor network signal, she died notwithstanding her “smartness” .

The suicidal woman named Em Davis pleaded with a friend in an SOS message, to help call an ambulance to her home. Police reveals, from an investigation, that the said text was delayed due to bad mobile phone signal.

However, Em’s message was finally delivered only after her mobile phone network reception improved. But she was long gone at that time.

Prior to the February 24 incident, the deceased had separated from her partner and was suffering depression.

Em Davis, 28, then relocated from her home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, to a relative’s apartment. She stayed in Canterbury, Kent, the court heard during an investigation.

Canterbury Magistrates Court

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The Canterbury Magistrates Court heard that Em suffered hopelessness after the failed relationship and lost hope on life. One day, she allegedly had suicidal thoughts and put a rope around her neck.

With the rope around her neck, a sorrowful Em decided to contact a friend for help. But she chose to send a text message. “Call an ambulance. I’m upstairs,” the court was told. She also gave details of the home’s full address, the text message shows.

Unfortunately, the SMS was not delivered due to bad network. It remained in her phone’s “unsent outbox” when she was found dead on a sofa with a rope tied around her neck.

Em’s body was discovered by her father Mark David on February 25.

According to The Mirror [], Em’s text message was only delivered as police moved her belongings from the relative’s property – that was when her phone received a better network signal.

The magistrates court of Canterbury heard that police found a suicide note addressed to her former lover together with a bag marked “hospital to go”.

She died of asphyxiation, a pathologist confirmed.

Coroner Alan Blunsdon claims Em may not have committed suicide. The case was recorded as an open verdict for the fact that her “unsent text message” and the “hospital to go” bag raised doubts she could have been murdered.

In his words: “She must have had some thoughts that her attempt might not be successful.

“When faced with a possible conclusion of suicide, a coroner must be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the deceased intended, in this case, to take her own life.

“The preparation and background of previous attempts might lead one to that conclusion.

“If it was a serious attempt to take her own life, why would such a text message be sent?

“The doubt has been introduced into the evidence by the message and because I’m not sure it was her intention, I’m not prepared to enter a conclusion of suicide.”