Dental records identified Chelsie Dack after body washed up on beach

Estate agent Chelsie Dack, 20, was identified by her dental records when her body washed up on beach three weeks after she disappeared, inquest hears

  • Chelsie Dack, 20, went missing from her home in Norfolk on April 20 this year 
  • More than 13,000 peopled joined an online group to help find the estate agent 
  • A search was called off as police believed she had entered the sea at Gorleston
  • An inquest has heard her body washed ashore in Suffolk, 25 miles from her home

Estate agent Chelsie Dack had to be identified by her dental records after her body washed up on a beach three weeks after her disappearance, an inquest has heard.

Miss Dack, 20, vanished from her flat in Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk in the early hours of April 20 this year.

A huge police hunt was launched, with coastguard helicopters and volunteers signing up to help – alongside a Facebook group which had 13,000 members.  

But after just two days of searching, officers called off the search after it was decided she had entered the water at Gorleston.

On May 11 her body was discovered on the beach at Sizewell, Suffolk, around 25 miles from her home.

An inquest’s opening today has heard her death was ‘consistent with immersion in water’.

More than 13,000 people joined the search to find Chelsie Dack after she disappeared from her flat in Norfolk in April. The 20-year-old estate agent’s body was found on a beach 25 miles from her home in May

During the search for Chelsie, which came in the first weeks of Britain’s lockdown, Norfolk Police said they had recovered CCTV showing her walking towards the seafront and the mouth of the River Yare.

A member of the public also recovered her mobile phone from the town’s pier. 

Following the discovery on May 11, Chelsie’s body was identified by an odontologist, an expert in forensic dentistry.

A full inquest into death of Chelsie, who worked as a sales negotiator at Howards estate agents in Lowestoft, will be heard on March 15.

Chelsie’s mother Dawn Howell described her at the time of her disappearance as ‘just the loveliest caring and beautiful young lady’.

Mrs Howell added that it was ‘out of character’ for her to go missing and said her family were ‘totally heartbroken’.

Volunteers joined police officers and the Coastguard in a desperate search for Chelsie, but it was called off after officers established she had entered the water at Gorleston-on-Sea

She said: ‘I cannot get my head around this. It’s very out of the ordinary as she is the most bubbliest person.

‘She really is so happy and cheerful. I’ve got no idea at all why she might have gone missing.’

Mrs Howell who also lives in Gorleston added that said she did not believe that her pink-haired daughter had become depressed due to the coronavirus lockdown.

She said at the time: ‘I don’t think it was anything to do with that. She was happy. We just don’t understand it.’

Mrs Howell added: ‘I cannot get my head around this. It’s very out of the ordinary as she is the most bubbliest person.

‘She really is so happy and cheerful. I’ve got no idea at all why she might have gone missing.’

But Chelsie admitted in a Facebook post three weeks before her disappearance that she found the coronavirus paramedic ‘scarier by the day.’

She wrote: ‘I really underestimated this current situation, and I never really make a Facebook post but I wanted too tonight.

‘I don’t watch the news because I think it makes me feel worse but I see things and read about them online and it gets scarier by the day.

‘I think everyone is going through something at the moment even if it means just being lonely for a second.

‘I hope all of my friends and family are safe, and I hope everyone is keeping well.

Chelsie’s body was found 25 miles from her home after it washed ashore in Sizewell, Suffolk, on May 11. Speaking at the time of her disappearance, Dawn Howell described her daughter as ‘just the loveliest caring and beautiful young lady’

‘I am only a message away if anyone ever wants a chat, these times only make you think about what is important.’

Chelsie showed no sign of being under stress in her last Facebook post just hours before she disappeared when she thanked a person who had found her missing driving licence in the street and posted it back to her.

Earlier in the day she also posted two selfies of herself smiling and sticking her tongue out, prompting her mother to reply ‘Beautiful’.

Michael Smith, senior branch manager at Howards estate agency in Lowestoft, paid tribute to her after her body was found

He said: ‘Our beautiful friend and colleague, Chelsie, has been finally returned to her loving family and we truly hope that everyone that knew and loved her can take some solace from their grief knowing she has come “home”.

‘Chelsie was also a member our “work” family; from the day she started, she lit up our office with her infectious enthusiasm and outgoing personality.

‘She brought the piece of jigsaw that completed us, that made each day a joy and a pleasure to be part of, and with her passing there is now a heart-shaped piece missing.

‘There is only one word that sums up our lost friend and to anybody that had the pleasure of speaking to her they would know that word is perfect.’ 

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