Woman who went missing from mental health ward found dead
A mental health patient who went missing from Palmerston North Hospital has died.
Palmerston North woman Chelsea Brunton, 21, was found on Wednesday, May 10, at a residential property in Palmerston North, four days after she went missing.
Brunton was admitted to hospital on May 1. On May 6, she stepped outside for a cigarette and was last seen on Ruahine St.
She was a patient in the hospital's mental health unit, ward 21, at the time of her disappearance.
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As a voluntary patient, she was cared for in an open part of the unit and had leave to go to the local store or out for a cigarette.
Both police and Brunton's family made public pleas for her to return, or for sightings of her, in the days following her disappearance.
Mum Lynnette Brunton said on Tuesday Chelsea's 3½-year-old daughter was missing her.
She pleaded with Chelsea to get in contact and said they had all been worried and were missing her.
Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and the death would be referred to the coroner.