The woman had been found three weeks ago in the mud of the Humber Estuary as the tide went out.
The cause of her death wasn't clear. There were marks of recent violence on her body, healing bruises that suggested she had been the victim of intermittent, casual abuse.
Witnesses had seen her walking late at night near the bridge, her distinctive coat standing out in the frosty dark. People who plan to jump will often stand for a while contemplating the means of their oblivion.
Detective Inspector Lynne Jordan wondered what had drawn the woman to the restless, surging Humber. But her interest wasn't in the death of this woman, it was in her life.
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