THE body of a man was found inside an Asda store three days after his death.
Phillip Huntley, 55, was found by a colleague at the supermarket in Bodmin, Cornwall, at around 1pm on May 4 earlier this year.
Emergency services rushed to the scene following reports of a concern for welfare and the store was immediately evacuated.
An inquest has now heard how dad-of-one Phillip, who had worked for Asda for 17 years, had a history of depression and anxiety, CornwallLive reports.
He had been actively seeking help and was waiting for an appointment at the time of his death, with colleagues describing him as "more introverted" following the breakdown of a relationship.
Phillip would routinely work a 3am to 11am shift across the same days every week.
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He clocked in for a shift as usual on the morning of May 1, three days before his death, before colleagues said he left early.
His manager made an attempt to call Phillip, but there was no answer.
The alarm was further raised when he failed to turn up for his shift the following day.
A colleague visited his house, but Phillip was not present at the property.
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Phillip was scheduled to be off work for the following two days.
But his body was discovered by a colleague in the staff wellness room on the Thursday – a room rarely used by the shop workers.
The inquest heard he had been signed off from work twice in the six months leading up to his death and had a history of mental health issues dating back to 2007.
Phillip's dad Huw Huntley said his son had been "let down" by mental health services, who did not deem him to be of high risk.
Emma Hilson, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly assistant coroner, ruled Phillip had intended to take his own life and gave a conclusion of suicide.
A spokesman for Asda said: "Everyone at the Bodmin store was deeply saddened by the death of our colleague Philip Huntley in May.
"Phil had worked for Asda for 17 years and was a valued member of the team in Bodmin.
"All of our thoughts remain with Phil’s friends and family at this difficult time."
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