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Thursday, 18 January, 2001, 17:28 GMT
Body exhumed in euthanasia probe
Dronfield
Mrs Elliott died in Dronfield
The body of a woman from North Derbyshire has been exhumed after her son told a BBC radio phone-in he had helped her to die.

Elsie Elliott, from Dronfield, died five years ago after developing inoperable cancer.

Police launched an investigation after Mrs Elliott's son Jon took part in a debate on a BBC Radio Sheffield programme on euthanasia.

During the programme Mr Elliott said that he had given his terminally-ill mother a fatal dose of liquid morphine.

Mrs Elliott's body was exhumed from a grave in Dronfield on Thursday morning.

Post mortem

A post mortem examination will be carried out by a Home office pathologist.

Mr Elliott has been interviewed by detectives and released on police bail pending further investigation.

No decision has been made on whether any action will be taken against him.

A spokesman for Derbyshire police said a file on the case would be prepared and submitted to the North Derbyshire coroner.

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