PC killed herself in car boot over liaison
A FORMER Truro police officer took her own life after her husband discovered she had had a liaison with a work colleague.
PC Gail Crocker, 46, was found dead in the boot of her white Audi TT on June 15 at a car park near St Austell, days after the relationship came to light.
On Monday, Truro Coroner's Court heard that PC Crocker's husband Peter was on a business trip in London when he received a text message from his wife intended for a male colleague with whom she had been that evening.
The message said: "Thank you for a wonderful evening, only wish we could do this more often."
Mr Crocker returned home the next day. In a statement, he told the inquest: "I got out [of the car] and she was in floods of tears saying she was sorry. She told me it was a one-off and she had never done it before."
The following day the couple argued before Mr Crocker left their home at St Stephen. "She went on and on again," Mr Crocker said. "My work phone rang. I was so angry I slammed it into the ground."
Mr Crocker went to buy a new phone but when he returned to the house his wife had gone. "I got home and Gail was not there and neither was her car."
Mr Crocker contacted his wife's sergeant at Bodmin Police Station who told him she had called in sick for her shift that afternoon.
"I didn't sleep at all. I didn't hear from Gail during the night," Mr Crocker said.
The following morning David Rendell and his wife, who were close friends of the Crockers, noticed the Audi in the car park at Lanjeth and called her husband, who met them there.
Mr Crocker said he found his wife's body in the boot. Beside her were an empty bottle of sleeping tablets and suicide notes she had written to him and their two grown-up daughters.
Consultant pathologist Ilona Hopkins recorded the cause of death as an overdose of diphenhydramine, an antihistamine, and the painkiller tramadol, and coroner Emma Carlyon returned a verdict of suicide.
Mrs Crocker first trained as a PCSO in Truro in 2003 and became a police constable in 2007.
"She was a people person," Mr Crocker said. "She would speak to anyone about anything.
"Being a PCSO was her perfect job."
The couple met as teenagers and had been together for more than 30 years.
"She was my life," Mr Crocker said.
"We had plans. Nothing was worth her taking her life.
"I'm lost without her."