Family's appeal for help over Jane Alexandra Helbin whose body was found lying among bins in Southampton

Daily Echo: Jane Alexandra Helbin Jane Alexandra Helbin

A DISTRAUGHT family have pleaded for help to find out how a woman found lying among bins died.

Jane Alexandra Helbin's body was discovered by refuse workers doing their rounds at flats in Southampton.

But mystery still surrounds her death with police saying it is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

Today Jane's brother John Helbin appealed for witnesses to come forward so his family could have the answers they wanted.

It was the second tragedy to hit the family in a week, as Jane’s father lost his partner to bowel cancer just days before.

Daily Echo:

Her brother, John Helbin (above), believes Jane had been walking to a bus stop on Sunday night to return to Antelope House, where she was being treated, when she died.

John said: “I just want answers about what happened to my sister.

“If it was a tragic accident there’s no blame attached. If anyone knows anything, please come forward. The quicker it’s sorted out the better.”

John paid tribute to his sister, who he described as a popular, generous person who many people relied on and who was heavily involved in the community.

The 58-year-old mental health advocate from Romford, Essex, last spoke to her on June 17 when they had made plans for him to visit her at her Coxford Close home. The last time the pair saw each other was on May 21.

He said: “The last time I saw her, I got her sent out of hospital so that we could go to Poole.

“She’s going to be missed. She would sell hair off a camel’s back and make money for charity.”

The 51-year-old had moved to Southampton with her husband in the 1980s and spent 17 years working for HM Customs and Excise until 2004. She spoke English, Polish and French and enjoyed travelling and scuba diving.

But Jane suffered with mental health problems and was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in 1995 which led to her losing her job and the breakdown of her marriage.

For the past five years she had volunteered at the Cancer Research UK shop in Shirley.

In her spare time the Pentecostal Christian was part of a music group in Bedford House and attended Shirley Warren Community Church.

Since 1995 she had spent at least 12 years in hospital and was last admitted in January.

Daily Echo:

But she had been on the mend and John had hoped she would be well enough to return home in August. He said she had been in the care of the hospital, but she had been home before she died.

Now he is calling for witnesses to come forward and help police find out what happened.

Officers have said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with Jane’s death.

John is planning a funeral for Jane at Hollybrook Cemetery in Southampton before taking her ashes back to Essex where they will be scattered on their mother’s grave.

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9:41am Sat 28 Jun 14

ClaireHunt says...

Such a tragic loss, I hope he gets the answers he wants.
Such a tragic loss, I hope he gets the answers he wants. ClaireHunt
  • Score: 27

11:45am Sat 28 Jun 14

Doctor Watson says...

Incredibly sad. Despite her 'at times' debilitating illness, she remained a lovely, sweet, caring person. She certainly didn't deserve to die amongst refuse bins. RIP Jane.
Incredibly sad. Despite her 'at times' debilitating illness, she remained a lovely, sweet, caring person. She certainly didn't deserve to die amongst refuse bins. RIP Jane. Doctor Watson
  • Score: 35

2:21pm Sat 28 Jun 14

saints442 says...

I remember Jane from hmce. So sad
I remember Jane from hmce. So sad saints442
  • Score: 20

4:57pm Sat 28 Jun 14

intruder_ash says...

R.I.P jane, very shocking and sad news, you were definatly a character
R.I.P jane, very shocking and sad news, you were definatly a character intruder_ash
  • Score: -1

8:50pm Sat 28 Jun 14

dogbruce says...

met the lovely lady many times, her friend Ron told me was utterly shocked r.i.p ****
met the lovely lady many times, her friend Ron told me was utterly shocked r.i.p **** dogbruce
  • Score: 13

9:51pm Sat 28 Jun 14

hampshire says...

Will be missed by all her friends at Bedford House from the music group
also all the work she done at the shop in shirley R.I.P Jane XX
Will be missed by all her friends at Bedford House from the music group also all the work she done at the shop in shirley R.I.P Jane XX hampshire
  • Score: 12

8:08am Sun 29 Jun 14

rudolph_hucker says...

Unexplained death, well the coroner must know why she died, did her heart stop, was she injured in any way, respiratory problems, too much or not enough medication?
And why is her brother talking about accidents and people coming forward?
Far more to this than we are being told.
The truth will out.
Unexplained death, well the coroner must know why she died, did her heart stop, was she injured in any way, respiratory problems, too much or not enough medication? And why is her brother talking about accidents and people coming forward? Far more to this than we are being told. The truth will out. rudolph_hucker
  • Score: -15

8:26am Sun 29 Jun 14

notableedingheart says...

Another tragedy of mental health which remains insidious and often resistant to all forms of treatment.
Another tragedy of mental health which remains insidious and often resistant to all forms of treatment. notableedingheart
  • Score: -5

9:54am Sun 29 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

rudolph_hucker wrote:
Unexplained death, well the coroner must know why she died, did her heart stop, was she injured in any way, respiratory problems, too much or not enough medication?
And why is her brother talking about accidents and people coming forward?
Far more to this than we are being told.
The truth will out.
Why don't you do us all a favour and go do something useful with your life? You know virtually nothing about anything you attempt to comment on, and your trolling is really lame and dull. Get yourself a girlfriend, or a dog or something.
[quote][p][bold]rudolph_hucker[/bold] wrote: Unexplained death, well the coroner must know why she died, did her heart stop, was she injured in any way, respiratory problems, too much or not enough medication? And why is her brother talking about accidents and people coming forward? Far more to this than we are being told. The truth will out.[/p][/quote]Why don't you do us all a favour and go do something useful with your life? You know virtually nothing about anything you attempt to comment on, and your trolling is really lame and dull. Get yourself a girlfriend, or a dog or something. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 15

12:15pm Sun 29 Jun 14

rudolph_hucker says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
rudolph_hucker wrote:
Unexplained death, well the coroner must know why she died, did her heart stop, was she injured in any way, respiratory problems, too much or not enough medication?
And why is her brother talking about accidents and people coming forward?
Far more to this than we are being told.
The truth will out.
Why don't you do us all a favour and go do something useful with your life? You know virtually nothing about anything you attempt to comment on, and your trolling is really lame and dull. Get yourself a girlfriend, or a dog or something.
Calm down dude
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rudolph_hucker[/bold] wrote: Unexplained death, well the coroner must know why she died, did her heart stop, was she injured in any way, respiratory problems, too much or not enough medication? And why is her brother talking about accidents and people coming forward? Far more to this than we are being told. The truth will out.[/p][/quote]Why don't you do us all a favour and go do something useful with your life? You know virtually nothing about anything you attempt to comment on, and your trolling is really lame and dull. Get yourself a girlfriend, or a dog or something.[/p][/quote]Calm down dude rudolph_hucker
  • Score: -15

6:18pm Sat 5 Jul 14

kasbfuzzy says...

Another mental health traderdy. Im a mental health s/user & 8 of my friends 'comited suicide' and pray that this was not what 'jane' chose. She was a ray of sunshine for us all. R I P JANE Safe in Gods heaven x x x
Another mental health traderdy. Im a mental health s/user & 8 of my friends 'comited suicide' and pray that this was not what 'jane' chose. She was a ray of sunshine for us all. R I P JANE Safe in Gods heaven x x x kasbfuzzy
  • Score: -2
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