In a recent post I attempted to make sense of the time points of events between the finding of Dr Kelly's body at 9.20 on the 18th July and the declaration 47 minutes later that life was extinct. I had, and still have, problems making the witness evidence at the Hutton Inquiry fit the available time frame. The primary problem for me is the assertion by ambulance technician David Bartlett that he and paramedic Vanessa Hunt arrived at 9.55 which doesn't give them enough time to walk up the track to the woods and then check for signs of life, this checking procedure being interrupted by PC Sawyer taking photographs.
My gut feeling is that Mr Bartlett was mistaken and that the ambulance arrived at 9.50 or very soon afterwards. Ms Hunt stated that it was 9.40 when Abingdon ambulance station got the call regarding Dr Kelly. Paul Chapman reckons it took Louise Holmes 10 or 15 minutes earlier that morning to drive from the police station to the start of the search area. It would seem that they had little traffic to contend with at that time of day. I think it's conceivable that the ambulance did its journey in 10 minutes. From witness evidence they arrived at about the same time as PC Sawyer's land rover.
Even though it took the police 20 minutes from the news of Dr Kelly being found to putting a call through to the ambulance station (it's possible that the call was routed through some ambulance central control room and that they in turn called the local ambulance station) we find from Ms Hunt's evidence that initially they were tasked to mobilise towards Southmoor. En route their data screens give the further information that it is to Harrowdown Hill that they need to go.
When Paul Chapman made contact with Abingdon police station he would have said that they had found Dr Kelly and explained where. Would he have categorically have stated that Dr Kelly was dead though or might he have said "it appears to us that he is dead". Surely within two or three minutes an ambulance would be called and a couple of police in a fast car instructed to go to Harrowdown Hill. No, twenty minutes are wasted in calling the ambulance and PC Sawyer with five other policeman take to the land rover in what one couldn't expect to be a fast drive to Harrowdown Hill.
Unless ACC Page was aware that DC Coe and companions were close to Harrowdown Hill at the time the body was discovered he wouldn't have known that they were available to secure the scene. It is possible I suppose that one of the officers with DC Coe and staying out on the track could have radioed to Abingdon that they were on site and that DC Coe had gone into the wood to stand over the body but even this scenario of events wouldn't have completed before 9.30 I would have thought.
In my opinion then there was a certain lack of urgency in getting out to Harrowdown Hill.