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Woman, 22, mysteriously drowned after hitting man on a night out with friends

A YOUNG rugby player has mysteriously drowned in a river after a night out with friends, an inquest has found.

Brooke Morris had visited a nightclub in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, in 2019 and had not returned home after hitting a man for making comments about her eyebrows.

Brooke Morris had visited a nightclub where she slapped a man for commenting on her eyebrows

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Brooke Morris had visited a nightclub where she slapped a man for commenting on her eyebrowsPhoto credit: WNS
Her friends say she acted

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Her friends say she acted “out of character” before not returning homePhoto credit: WNS

On Tuesday, the inquest found the 22-year-old was reported missing after a night out with friends on Friday October 11, 2019.

After an incident in which Brooke hit a man for making a comment about her eyebrows, she was taken back to her family home in Trelewis but never went inside.

She was dropped off around 2:30 a.m., but instead of going inside, she climbed over a gate to the river.

A major search was conducted for “party girl” Brooke – her friends and family described her disappearance as “uncharacteristic”.

Brooke’s body was found in the River Taff near Abercynon five days later.

An autopsy determined her medical cause of death was drowning.

Toxicology tests showed she had been drinking a “significant amount of alcohol” and was three times the drinking limit at the time of her death.

Girlfriend Jemma Griffiths, who went out drinking with Brooke that night, told the inquest: “She’s not the argumentative type, she’s not like that.

“I don’t think she wanted to hit him. I think it was just a drunken reaction. I said to her, ‘You’re just being silly.’”

The hearing was told Brooke had “a lot to live up to” and their parents had no concerns about her mental health.

In a statement, her father Gary said: “With Brooke she was more of a party girl. Her perfect job would have been in Ibiza.”

Coroner Rachel Knight concluded: “Possibly due to the amount of alcohol she had consumed, Brooke’s behavior was atypical and she hit a man who made a comment about her eyebrows.

“She did not go back into her house, but went to the back and climbed up a gate that led to one of the tributaries of the River Taff.

“Brooke’s intent to go to the bridge and enter the water could not be ascertained.”

She told Brooke’s family, “She had a lot to live for and her death is truly a tragedy.”

Brooke played rugby but'her perfect job would have been in Ibiza'

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Brooke played rugby but ‘her perfect job would have been in Ibiza’Photo credit: WNS
Brooke's body was found in the Taff River

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Brooke’s body was found in the Taff RiverPhoto credit: Athena

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18319020/rugby-woman-drowned-boozy-night-slapped-man/ Woman, 22, mysteriously drowned after hitting man on a night out with friends

Bobby Allyn

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