A PRE-inquest review into the death of Wirral mother Anita Stevenson revealed her family is disputing police findings that her death was not suspicious.

The coroner’s hearing at Gerard Majella Courthouse in Bootle on Friday was told a post-mortem examination found cause of death to be cocaine toxicity.

On October 18, between 2am and 3am, mother-of-two Ms Stevenson was spotted on the New Ferry Bypass "in distress" and was returned home by an off-duty police officer concerned for her safety.

However at 10.30am Ms Stevenson, aged 39, left her house in Bebington Road, Tranmere, and was not seen alive again.

An extensive search was launched to try to find her.

Hundreds of hours of footage from more than 200 CCTV cameras were examined by police.

Pictures from one of the devices were released to the media and showed her walking near the Cock and Donkey pub on Well Lane on the day of her disappearance.

Tragically six weeks later her body was discovered by a member of the public in woodland at Bromborough.

A police investigation has concluded the death was not suspicious.

But this is being disputed by Miss Stevenson’s family, who attended today’s review.

Liverpool area coroner Anita Bhardwaj said: “The family feels it is a suspicious death - but the police investigation says it was not a suspicious death.”

Her body was found in a wooded area bordering Pool Lane and Old Court House Lane on the morning of Saturday, November 26.

A full inquest has been set for Tuesday, June 6, when witnesses will be called and the disputed issues addressed.

The family of Ms Stevenson, who was originally from Bradford, had set up a Facebook campaign to help find her and travelled to Wirral during the search.

More than 700 tributes were posted on the page after the discovery of her body.