Police end search to find Peaches Geldof's heroin dealer

The 25-year-old died of a drug overdose in April 2014


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Police have closed their investigation seeking to find the drug dealer who supplied Peaches Geldof with the heroin that killed her, adding that the individual may never be found.

The writer, socialite and daughter of Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent on April 7, 2014, aged 25. Police said at the time that her death was being treated as "non-suspicious but unexplained and sudden", but the results of a toxicology report later showed Geldof had heroin in her system.

Over a year on, the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have now released a statement updating their investigation.

Detective Superintendent Paul Fotheringham said: "Our investigation into the supply of drugs to Peaches Geldof-Cohen has exhausted all lines of inquiry and has now concluded."

"If further information or witnesses come forward we will review the case, but I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Peaches' family who have supported our inquiries during what has been a difficult time."

Last year, an inquest heard that police found 6.9g of heroin in Geldof's house. It was stated that there was no indication she had planned to take her own life. Pathologist Peter Jerreat reported that puncture wounds were found on Geldof's body on her elbows, wrists and thumbs, and said the levels of heroin in her body were in a "fatal range". There was also evidence of codeine, methadone and morphine in Geldof's system.

Husband Tom Cohen told the hearing that his late wife had been undergoing weekly drugs tests since seeking treatment. She had always informed him they had been clear, and Cohen now said he believed Geldof had lied about the results of the tests.

Cohen said he saw some text messages that suggested Geldof started using the drug again in February 2014, and that he had witnessed her flushing drugs she had hidden in their loft down the toilet.

The coroner said he believed Geldof had lost her tolerance to the drug.

Cohen, whom she married in 2012, is understood to have found his wife's body at their home after becoming worried that he could not contact her. The singer had been away for the weekend with the elder of their two sons, Astala, leaving Geldof at home with their 11-month old son, Phaedra.

A funeral service for Geldof was held at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in the village of Davington, Kent, on April 21 2014. Her father led the tributes. Her ashes were believed to have been scattered at Bob Geldof's Davington Priory country estate. Mourners included musicians Jools Holland, Bill Wyman and Johnny Borrell and former Creation boss Alan McGee.

Peaches' death echoed that of her mother, Paula Yates, who died in 2000 after an accidental overdose of heroin.
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