A mother has spoken of the “pain” she felt when her teenage daughter died after swimming with a stranger.
Katie McLean, from Loughborough, Lancashire, was found dead at the bottom of a pool at a home in the town of Shirebrook in October last year.
She had just turned 16.
A post-mortem found Katie had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and neck and a fractured skull.
The inquest into her death heard that Katie had previously been swimming in the same pool, but was not at the pool when she went missing.
“It’s not a very pleasant feeling,” Katie’s father, Michael McLean told ITV News.
“[The body] was sitting there, and I was like, ‘You know what?
It’s OK, it’s just a matter of time before we have someone come to look at it, I can’t stop crying.'””
I felt guilt, because I’m just trying to be positive that the system works, that we’re dealing with the right people, and that the law is there, that it’s all being done properly.”
But at the same time, it doesn’t help that I feel like I’m the one who is to blame, because it’s my daughter.
“We just don’t know what’s going on, we don’t have any answers.”
Katies family are appealing for anyone who has information about the death of their daughter, 18, to come forward.
It is understood Katie’s mother was found to be uncooperative.
Her father is not ruling out the possibility that the teenager’s body was found in the pool, or that the drowning was not suspicious.
In the past, Katie had been in a relationship with a man, who she was allegedly involved in.
However, she was reported missing in March and police were never contacted.