Woman, 27, who missed nan's funeral due to coronavirus measures found dead on motorway

The father of a young woman found dead after losing her grandmother to coronavirus believes she took her own life after lockdown rules prevented her from going to the funeral. Abigail Hussey, 27, was found in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the carriageway of the M4 near Swansea, south Wales. Her heartbroken father believes she committed suicide.

Abigail's father said she had had been 'devastated' that she would not be able to travel the 200 miles from Penllergaer to her grandmother's funeral in southeast England during the lockdown. Alan Hussey told the Sun his daughter, who was known as Abby, was scared of breaching lockdown rules which bar non-essential travel. He said the animal-loving young psychology graduate had been close to her 93-year-old nan, who had died from Covid-19 two weeks earlier.

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He said his daughter, who had been living with him before she died, had recently quit a forklift truck driving job.

She had spent lockdown planning for a new career as an animal behaviour psychologist, Mr Hussey said. He said she was a 'smart' and 'wonderful' young woman loved by all. But she sometimes had trouble sleeping and used to take moonlit walks with the family dogs.

Mr Hussey said he normally didn't worry about her night-time dog walks, but on Monday evening she left the house alone.

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In the days before she died, Abigail had been focusing on ordinary things like which recycling bags to use, and she had been working on repairing a mini-motorbike she had loved during childhood, he recalled. The grieving father said he would probably never know why Abigail died, but he didn't have any reason to believe there was any foul play involved in her death. She had been hoping to go the funeral with her brother and her mum, Lyn, who he split from many years ago.

"I'll never know what was in her head at that time but I think her nan's death just two weeks ago from the virus contributed to it. "She was extremely upset and sad when nan died so suddenly. Abby was desperate to go and say goodbye to her at the service, but she was worried about breaking the lockdown travel ban.

"She was talking to her mother and brother at one point about the three of them driving down the night before and sleeping in the car. It would have been about 200 miles each way. "She just wanted to pay her final respects to her Nan and was sad that the laws didn't allow it."

Woman, 27, who missed nan's funeral due to coronavirus measures found dead on motorwayAbigail was desperate to go to her grandmother's funeral with her mum, Lyn (pictured)
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Abigail's body was found in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Emergency services tried to revive her but she was tragically declared dead at the scene. Police have appealed for any drivers who may have seen Abigail before her death and asked them to check dash-cam footage. They say Abigail was known to have been on a bridge close to the motorway before she was found at 4.30am on Tuesday.

A spokesman said earlier this week: "South Wales Police is currently investigating the death and sudden death of a 27-year old woman from Swansea. "She has been named as Abigail Hussey from Penllergaer. "At around 4:30am on Tuesday 12th May a report was received of a female having been located in the carriageway of the M4 motorway, between junctions 47 and 48.

Woman, 27, who missed nan's funeral due to coronavirus measures found dead on motorwayShe was just 27 years old

"Emergency services attended but despite immediate medical assistance she was declared deceased.

"South Wales Police is appealing for any witnesses who may have travelled along the A48 Swansea Road, Penllergaer in the vicinity of the motorway overbridge where the female is known to have been, who may have seen her at the location. "Motorists who were travelling along the motorway and may have seen this female on the overbridge, or a gold coloured Citroen C4 at this time, and may have dash cam footage are also asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting reference 2000163094. "Family members are currently being supported by a specially trained police officer."

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