The family of a woman found dead in a hotel room in unexplained circumstances say they will not stop probing until they get "justice".

Charlotte Bowcock's parents waved her off as she went for dinner on August 15 last year - and tragically never saw her alive again.

She went out to an expensive restaurant with a man in the centre of Manchester before going back to his suite at the Hilton Hotel.

But Charlotte was found dead the next morning, with an inquest ruling that she had ingested cocaine and her prescription medication.

Her family told the Manchester Evening News they are still haunted 10 months on by what happened in her final hours.

They said Charlotte, 26, had always been careful and believe there are still question marks over what happened that evening.

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Charlotte was found dead in a Hilton Hotel in Manchester

She had never taken drugs and drank very little alcohol, her family told Manchester coroner's court.

Months before her death, she had been in agony with period pains and asked her mum to drive her to A&E when she was scared of overdosing on two paracetamol she took earlier than she should have, the inquest was told.

Her dad, Sydney Bowcock told the inquest: "This is where she was at with her medications, she was always careful."

During the inquest, coroner Zak Golombeck read statements from Paul Jackson - the man who had been with her that night, the paramedics who came when he called 999 at 8am and police officers who arrived to search the room.

The inquest heard student nurse Charlotte met Mr Jackson, 52, at Australasia in Deansgate.

Footage showed them drinking champagne and cocktails and went back to the Hilton Hotel at around 1am.

Mr Jackson then left the room at 2am to get two cans of lemonade and chocolate from reception.

Nobody else left their room or went inside until 8am when the paramedics arrived.

Mr Jackson, who was not at the inquest, initially told paramedics that the pair had taken cocaine and had been drinking, but later said they hadn't taken any drugs to police and that he 'didn't want Charlotte to get into trouble', the inquest heard.

DI Mark Astbury, who went to the hotel at around 8.20am, told the inquest there had been 'no evidence' of drug use in the room but that it was impossible to say if the pair had taken cocaine there, at the bars, in the toilets or before they arrived.

He also said that there had been no-third party involvement in Charlotte's death and that Mr Jackson was never treated as a suspect.

Body-worn footage from that morning showed white powder on the floor but DI Astbury said he didn't see anything suspicious when he searched the room.

He said: "I didn't see any white powder. I don't know if [that powder] was talcum powder or what it is, I'm not sure.

"I did a thorough search and we didn't see any white powder. It's a huge hotel room."

The inquest is being heard at Manchester Coroner's Court
The inquest was heard at Manchester coroner's court

Mr Bowcock told the inquest Charlotte had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but 'still got up every morning'.

He added she was 'very, very sensible'.

Mr Bowcock told the inquest: "I was thinking of bringing her here today because it is what we are left with now. Her ashes.

"I may come over as a crazed, demented and grief-stricken parent and maybe one or two of these are true.

"Where do you go from here? All I am asking is that the police look into this."

The coroner recorded a verdict of 'drug-related death', saying Charlotte died from cardiotoxicity after taking her prescription medication and cocaine at some point in the evening of August 15 or in the early hours of August 16.

The family said they felt 'let down' and 'disappointed' following the inquest.

Mr Bowcock, who filed an official complaint to the police about their investigation, said: "We've not had any closure.

"I was shut down at the inquest. I know it is not a criminal court but one of the things the inquest is for is to find out how she came to her death - this is what I wanted to know, how. We are chasing the answer, how?

"We can only hope that somebody listens to us.

"We feel so strongly about this that we actually have sold our home to accommodate for cash to fight this, we are not going to let it go.

"It's not justice to me.

"I'm not going to rest until this is resolved. I'm not a deranged person, I just want justice."

A spokesman from Greater Manchester Police said: "Firstly, our thoughts and deepest sympathies remain with Mr Bowcock and his family at this difficult time.

"GMP received a complaint from Mr Bowcock, which was in turn dealt with by the City of Manchester District.

"A letter outlining the outcome of the complaint was sent to Mr Bowcock on the 6th October 2020, which addressed the complaint in full. This was then subject to review by the Mayor's Office.

"The review was not upheld, and the matter was referred to the Coroner's Office which concluded its inquest on Thursday 10 June.

"GMP is always open to learning and improving where appropriate, however in this case GMP found no misconduct and a thorough investigation was carried out.

"Our thoughts are with friends and family of Charlotte following her tragic death."

A spokesman for Manchester coroner's court said they would be unable to comment on a case following judicial proceedings.