Inquest into Channel 4 medic's death to open as police issue major investigation update

Daniel Duffield
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An inquest into the death of a West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic found dead in Hednesford will be opened next week. The body of Daniel Duffield, who starred in Channel 4's 999: On the Frontline, was discovered at a house in Alpine Drive on June 25.

Daniel, 24, from Cannock, was found alongside 22-year-old Lauren Evans as medics responded to a 'concern for welfare' call just after midday. Their deaths sparked a murder probe, with Staffordshire Police later confirming it was "not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths".

Staffordshire and Stoke Coroner's Service said an inquest into the death of Lauren, who from Bridgend, South Wales, opened on Wednesday, July 3. The inquest concerning Daniel's death would open on Monday, July 8 - although a spokesperson said the final hearings were 'likely to be several months away' due to 'evidential material' requested by the coroner.

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Staffordshire Police gave a major update on its investigation on Thursday, confirming officers were treating Lauren's death as murder. Detective Inspector Louise Booker, from the force's major investigations department, said: “Following the launch of our investigation and enquiries conducted by our major investigations team, we are treating Lauren’s death as a murder.

"We want to reassure the community that we are not seeking any other party in connection with Lauren’s death and are continuing to build a file for HM Coroner. I can’t begin to imagine the pain that the families are feeling after this tragic incident and our thoughts remain with the families of those affected.”

Lauren's family issued a heartfelt statement, describing her as "truly beautiful inside and out". They said her "thoughtful, caring and loving nature made her endearing to so many during her short life".

The family said she'd "achieved academic success" and was "soon to start her chosen career in mental health nursing", in which they knew she would have "excelled and been an attentive and caring nurse". They continued: "A special person has been lost to so many who had the privilege to know her and to those who would have had the pleasure of meeting her in the future. We have lost a special daughter, with her sister, losing a loving companion and soul mate who wanted to share so many more experiences with Lauren."