Welsh restaurant manager found dead in US flat

A Welsh man who moved to live and work in the US was found hanged in his flat by his ex-girlfriend after they split, an inquest has heard.

Christopher Thomas Humphreys, 30, from Wrexham, died on January 29 at his apartment in Bedrock Circle, Nottingham, Baltimore, Maryland.

An inquest in Ruthin on Thursday heard Mr Humphreys moved to America several years ago after marrying his former girlfriend whom he met at Aberystwyth University, NorthWalesLive reported.

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By 2017 the marriage had broken down and Mr Humphreys’ career as an estate agent had not progressed as he had hoped, a statement from his mother read.

In March 2020, the former student of Ysgol Clywedog got another job as a trainee manager at a local restaurant and he met his girlfriend, Selina, shortly after.

John Gittins, senior coroner for east and central North Wales, told the inquest it was ‘sometimes difficult to get information’ when a death occurred overseas, but he had more details on this occasion than in many similar cases.

A Baltimore police case report, read in part at the inquest, said that at 11.23pm on January 29, police received a call to Mr Humphreys’ address at Bedrock Circle.

The call was made by his ex-girlfriend Selina who had rushed to the property after receiving a worrying text message from Mr Humphreys following their recent split. After entering the apartment, his former partner found him hanged.

Paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after, but Mr Humphreys was pronounced dead at 11.58 p.m.

A medical cause of death by asphyxiation by hanging was given and the coroner recorded a finding of suicide. No autopsy was performed.

Mr Humphreys’ housemate William Hayes was not at the flat at the time of his death, but said Mr Humphreys had self-harmed about a month earlier and had also shown symptoms of depression at times .

In a statement read out at the inquest, Mr Humphreys’ mother said not a day went by that she didn’t think of her son who she said will be sorely missed.

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