AN interior designer found dead in a Huddersfield stream had recently become a grandmother.
Tragic Hilary Grater, 53, was discovered in the water close to her home at Dogley Bar off Penistone Road in Fenay Bridge, by her son, Oliver.
A police investigation has been underway ever since, but the Examiner can now reveal that Miss Grater’s death is no longer being treated as suspicious.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "The incident is not believed to be suspicious.
"However, the circumstances remain unexplained and a full report has now been passed to the coroners’ office."
A post mortem had revealed that death was due to drowning.
Popular Hilary was involved in fundraising work for the NSPCC in Huddersfield.
And she was also a highly talented interior designer whose own homes had been featured in the Ideal Home magazine.
Her current home at Fenay Bridge would have been in the magazine early next year.
Hilary is understood to have disappeared on the evening of Friday, October 17, after going out for a walk – and is thought she died at around that time.
Her body was discovered by 27-year-old Oliver on the Sunday afternoon two days later and a major inquiry was launched by detectives from West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide And Major Enquiry Team.
That investigation has now finished and Hilary’s death will be dealt with solely at an inquest in Huddersfield.
This could be in several months’ time.
Hilary has two sons, Oliver and 29-year-old Greg.
Oliver’s son, Oscar, was born just a few months ago.
Oliver, who lives in Cheshire, said: "When we realised mum was missing we wondered at first if she’d just gone off for a few days to get away from things.
"For some reason I decided to go down to the stream and ran along the banking. It was then I saw her body in the water."
He added: "My mum absolutely doted on Oscar.
"We just can’t believe what’s happened.
"Everyone wanted to be her pal and there will no doubt be hundreds of people at her funeral."
No date has yet been set for the service.
Hilary lived for most of her life in Holmfirth, moving to Fenay Bridge in more recent times.
Close friend, Holmfirth jeweller Suzanna Kristian-Wilson, said Hilary had recently been nominated and short- listed for an important Yorkshire internal design award.
Hilary had designed bedrooms at Whitley Hall Hotel just north of Sheffield. The historic hall is an ivy-clad 16th century mansion.
In an interview with the Examiner in 2003, Hilary said: "I just love to do up homes."
She loved looking for run-down homes and transforming them into something special.
She did one up on Bridge Lane in Holmfirth and said at the time: "It had been converted into bedsits, then changed hands a few times.
"It was very run-down, but then you get a good feeling about a place, no matter how grotty it is."
Suzanna added: "Hilary was a beautiful, vibrant, stunning-looking lady.
"All her family and friends are in total shock at what’s happened.
"She was an exceptionally talented interior designer.
"She was so proud of her sons and grandson and they are broken-hearted."