Cameron HaswellAge 18
11 Aug 2019
Blackwater, Hampshire (United Kingdom)
Cameron's body was found the day after they went missing on their way home from a skate park. At the time they died they were wearing female clothing.
The aunt of a teenager who was found hanged wearing a women's jumpsuit has spoken out about the 18-year-old's hidden gender identity struggle in a bid to raise awareness.
Cameron Haswell was found dead in Blackwater on the morning of August 11 after going missing on [their] way home from Sandhurst skate park at around 5.30pm the day before.
An inquest into Cameron's death took place in Basingstoke on November 19, with [their] aunt Nicola Haswell saying that a verdict of suicide was returned.
Speaking in the days after the hearing, Nicola, the sister of Cameron's mum, told SurreyLive that the family had not been aware of how [Cameron] had been found until six weeks after [their] death.
In an emotional comment, she said: "After suffering the initial shock of losing Cameron in the way that we did, and having had [their] funeral, we were attempting to try and pick ourselves up and carry on as best as we could when we were informed by the police that when Cameron was found, [they] was wearing a women's jumpsuit.
"During the inquest, we learned that [Cameron] also had a bag of female clothes in [their] possession. This completely threw everybody, but only because, as a family, we had no idea that this was something that we may have to consider."
Since Cameron's death, dozens have come together to pay tribute to the "caring, beautiful and funny" teenager, with around 80 of those close to him wearing specially designed yellow t-shirts for [their] funeral on September 11.
Editor's Note: Although we will probably never know what Cameron's gender identity was or whether they had another name they would have preferred us to know them by, gender neutral pronouns are used in this report out of respect for their identity, whatever it actually was.
Cameron's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/cameron.haswell.378.