British police will talk to Australian authorities about nurse's death


Associated Press

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 13 at 11:34 AM

LONDON (AP) — Police in London say they'll be getting in touch with Australian authorities, to collect what they call "relevant evidence" in the death of a nurse who was found hanging by a scarf in her room, an apparent suicide.

Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at a London hospital, had been duped days earlier by a hoax phone call from Australian DJs about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge. They called, pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, and Saldanha transferred them to another nurse who gave them information about the duchess.

Police say the nurse -- who also had wrist injuries -- left three notes, which are being examined. They're also interviewing the nurse's friends, family and colleagues, and looking at emails and phone calls, to establish what led to her death.

In the meantime, the nurse's body has been released to her family. Saldanha was born in India, but lived in Bristol in southwestern England with her husband and two teenage children. Her husband has said she will be laid to rest in India.

A memorial Mass is planned Saturday in London.

As for the disc jockeys, they've apologized for the prank, saying they never expected their call would be put through. Their show is off the air, and they've been suspended.

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149-a-11-(Keith Vaz, chairman, House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, with reporters)-"handled this issue"-British politician Keith Vaz says an inquest has reported the nurse was found hanging on a closet door. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (13 Dec 2012)

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150-a-09-(Keith Vaz, chairman, the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, with reporters)-"circumstance like this"-British politician Keith Vaz says he hasn't received a response from the Australian media company responsible for the hoax phone call. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-credit)) (13 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO LON101: FILE - Undated handout photo of the late nurse Jacintha Saldanha of King Edward VII hospital, provided by Saldanha's family in Shirva north of Mangalore, India after she was found dead in central London on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. An inquest on Thursday Dec 13 2012 heard that Saldanha was found hanging by the neck from a wardrobe door at her room at the hospital. Australian radio hosts managed to impersonate Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and received confidential information about the Duchess of Cambridge's medical condition, in a hoax phone call to the King Edward VII hospital where the pregnant Duchess was staying and which was broadcast on-air. (AP Photo/Saldanha Family, File) (8 Apr 2012)

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