Family tribute to ‘happy, creative person’ after tragic discovery on Northampton bridleway

Police were called when Samude Mia's body was found in February
Police were called when Samude Mia's body was found in February

The family of a man who died of hypothermia while out in Northampton, said they have been left “devastated” by their loss.

Samude Mia, of St James Park Road, in Northampton, died as an accidental result of hypothermia, an inquest into his death heard, yesterday.

The 35-year-old was found dead on a bridleway at Hunsbury Hill, in Northampton, by a cyclist, Corey Gammage, in the early hours of February 13 after leaving his home the previous afternoon.

At the inquest, Pc James Nealon, who responded to Mr Gammage’s call, said Mr Mia was found naked with a blue cross painted on his torso.

Dr Stuart Hamilton, who conducted the post mortem exam, said there was no evidence of assault or of any illness, poison or injury, except from some small scratches to Mr Mia’s legs and feet.

All other evidence was consistent with hypothermia.

A statement by Mr Mia’s brother, Kamal, described him as a creative person who had a happy childhood and a strong bond with his four brothers and nine sisters.

But Samude Mia’s doctor, Tim Wiggin, suggested he had suffered periods of paranoia, linked to drugs and problems at work.

Mr Wiggin said he had been “flabbergasted” by the news of his patient’s death.

Coroner Anne Pember ruled that Mr Mia’s death was an accident, caused by hypothermia. She said: “I do not believe he had any intention of harming himself.”