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Body of 15-year-old girl was found after drinking, inquest hears

Body of 15-year-old girl with ADHD was found near derelict buildings after she ran away from friends she had been drinking with, inquest hears

  • Seesha Dack was found dead by her friends in Newcastle on 1 September 2020
  • Ms Dack had no history of self harm but was reported to be drunk on the evening
  • She had long-term involvement with children and teenage mental health clinics

A body of a 15-year-old girl with ADHD was found dead near derelict buildings after she ran away from friends she had been drinking with, inquest hears.  

Seesha Dack was found dead by her friends in North Shields, Newcastle, on 1 September 2020 after she went missing two days earlier from the Fish Quay. 

Newcastle Coroner’s Court heard how police had carried out searches in the same area but did not find the teenager.

Ms Dack, from North Shields had no history of self harm but was reported to be drunk on the night. 


Seesha Dack was last sighted at the Fish Quay, in North Shields, North Tyneside, on Sunday 30 August 2020. Two days later it was announced a body had been discovered near Tanners Bank in North Shields

Senior Coroner Karen Dilks said: ‘Seesha Dack was 15 years old with a history of dyslexia, moderate learning difficulties and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

She had long-term involvement with children and adolescent mental health services. There is no recent history of threats to or attempted self harm.’

The inquest, held in Newcastle on Wednesday, heard how a missing person investigation was launched by police when Seesha disappeared on August 30, 2020.

The coroner said: ‘On the 30th August 2020, on the area of the Fish Quay in North Tyneside, she, while under the influence of alcohol, ran away from her friends suddenly and unexpectedly.’

Police searched for Seesha Dack who was missing for two days. The 15-year-old had no history of self harm but was reported to be drunk on the evening

Coroner Dilks said: ‘She died due to her own actions while suffering from ADHD and while under the influence of alcohol.’

Northumbria Police said there were ‘challenges’ with the size of the area to be searched and their specialist team had not progressed to the site where Seesha was discovered.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: ‘First and foremost, our thoughts continue to be with the family and friends of Seesha Dack following her tragic passing.

‘Over a two-day period extensive enquiries were carried out to locate Seesha, including initial searches in the vicinity of where she was subsequently found.

As part of the search police helicopter circled the area where Seesha went missing

‘However, due to the recognised challenges with the size of the area to be searched and the difficult terrain, it was decided that further detailed searches would be carried out using a specialist team.

‘These searches had been under way throughout the day but had not yet progressed to the site where Seesha was discovered by friends.’

At the time flowers were left in her memory and  hundreds of people gathered at Fish Quay Sand for an emotional balloon release while an online fundraiser was set up to support her family. 

A specialist search team from North Tyneside Police searched the area i North Shields with officers in the hunt for Seesha

A police boat was also seen on the river in the area as part of the investigation to find the missing 15-year-old

‘We are beyond devastated by the loss of our daughter and sister Seesha. Seesha was a loving, funny, bubbly and humble girl with a smile that could light up any room.

‘Her personality was precious and can never be replaced. She always went out of her way for other people, even going so far as to take food from home to give to a homeless man that she saw regularly.

‘Even though it wasn’t the news that we were hoping for, we would like to thank everyone from the community and beyond for all their help while we were looking for her.’

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