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Mystery teen death

PUBLISHED: 12:21 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:17 25 August 2010

THE family of a teenager who drowned after going drinking on Christmas Eve may never know why their son died.

THE family of a teenager who drowned after going drinking on Christmas Eve may never know why their son died.

Thomas Tallis pupil Joshua Beasley, 17, from Lee, (pictured) died from immersion in the Thames after going drinking in Greenwich last year, Southwark Coroners' Court heard on Tuesday.

In the second part of an inquest into the aspiring dramatist's death, coroner Gail Elliman described the case as "tragic" but delivered an open verdict.

She told the family: "Sadly, despite a huge amount of information about events before his death, there are very few answers to where and how he died."

Mr Beasley had been out drinking with friends at the JD Wetherspoon Gate Clock pub, in Creek Road. The teen wandered off alone to the temporary ice rink in the Old Royal Naval College at 4.30pm. He was last seen at 6pm in Creek Road. His body was found in Barking on January 21 still carrying his iPod and money, but missing his phone.

Police have not been able to confirm how Mr Beasley got in the river. Pathologist Dr Peter Jerreat reported that no injuries were found on Mr Beasley's body and he had not taken illicit drugs.

However, it did hold 233mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, nearly three times the drink drive limit of 80mg.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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