Graffiti artist, 18, hanged himself in Welsh woodland after rape claim

Graffiti artist, 18, who went missing after illegal rave and sparked month-long police search hanged himself in woodland after rape allegation was made against him, inquest hears

  • Frantisek Morris, 18, vanished after an illegal rave in Snowdonia on May 2
  • The youngster’s body was later found hanging from a tree in dense woodland
  • The coroner stated that Mr Morris may have been troubled by a recent rape allegation
  • For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details

An 18-year-old graffiti artist who disappeared after an illegal rave near Bangor hanged himself from a tree in dense woodland, a coroner concluded today (Monday). 

Frantisek Morris, of Llandegfan, Anglesey, went missing on May 2 – sparking a month-long search by North Wales Police as divers scoured a local river in an effort to trace him.  

At today’s inquest at Caernarfon, acting senior coroner Katie Sutherland said Mr Morris may have been troubled by a recent rape allegation against him. 

The body of 18-year-old Frantisek Morris was found on June 3, a month after he was last seen attending an illegal rave in Snowdonia

North Wales Police later found Mr Frantisek’s body hanging in dense woodland, after weeks of searching the nearby countryside

Reaching a conclusion of suicide, she said: ‘I am satisfied there was no third party involvement, on balance.’ 

The coroner added that no official complaint had been made to police about the alleged rape.   

During the search for Mr Morris, North Wales Police had sent divers to explore Afon Cegin, a river near where he was last seen.

But these efforts had come to an end on June 3, when a body was found at Caerhun on the outskirts of Bangor. 

Police had been called to the site by a member of the public because of a strong smell.

Mr Morris, who was a known drug user, was later identified from clothing and documents.

A postmortem on Mr Morris’s body was carried out by Home Office pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers, who stated that death ‘would have been pretty well instant’. 

The youngster had attended a rave at a disused quarry in Waunfawr, near Snowdonia National Park, on the night before his disappearance. 

The coroner stated that Mr Morris may have been troubled by a recent rape allegation

During the search, police had stated: ‘We are working closely with Frankie’s family to explore every possible line of enquiry at this difficult time.’

In the weeks that followed, officers investigating the case arrested a man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and a man and a woman on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

But they were later released and eliminated from the inquiry.   

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.

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