A worried son found a note telling him to contact police pinned to the door of the house where his mum and her husband were found dead inside.
Sharon Hainsworth’s son Ben went to the home she shared with husband Brian on Woodhall Road, Calverly last week along with one of his mother’s friends, an inquest opening heard.
Leeds Coroner’s Court was told that after finding the note, they made their way inside and found Mr Hainsworth, 64, a retired glazier, hanging from the ceiling with a set of metal step ladders next to him.
Fifty seven-year-old Mrs Hainsworth’s body was then discovered on the sofa in a separate room by her friend.
Giving evidence yesterday, Detective Inspector Andrew Welbourne, based at Weetwood police station, said: “At around 8.36am on August 3, police were called to attend at the address by a friend of Sharon Hainsworth and her son Ben.
“They had found a note on the outside of the door which said ‘contact the police’.
“On entering, they found hanging from the ceiling Brian Hainsworth and at the side of him were a set of aluminium step ladders.”
After housewife Mrs Hainsworth’s body was also discovered, the police and the ambulance service were called and both husband and wife were pronounced dead shortly after 9am.
Officers carried out detailed forensic examinations of the scene.
Post-mortem reports gave Mr Hainsworth’s provisional cause of death as hanging.
West Yorkshire Coroner David Hinchliff said further tests, which will include toxicology reports, were needed to establish the cause of Mrs Hainsworth’s death. He adjourned their inquests pending the outcome of further enquiries and issued cremation orders so the Hainsworth’s family can make funeral arrangements.
The YEP understands the couple had been tenants at the cottage, which is owned by the nearby Woodhall Hills Golf Club for more than five years. Mark Romans, club manager, told the YEP they had seemed happy.