‘Beautiful’ woman, 21, was ‘crushed to death by falling wardrobe’ at Adelphi hotel

A “beautiful” 21-year-old woman was found dead in a hotel after a wardrobe is believed to have fallen from the wall and crushed her, it has been revealed by her heartbroken mum.

“Kind and caring” Chloe Haynes was found dead at the famous Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool city centre on September 10 at around 6.37am.

Chloe’s mum, Nicola Williams, 49, claimed in social media posts that Chloe had died after a wardrobe that was not “screwed to the wall” fell on top of her.

She said she is determined to find “every detail” of how the “petite and beautiful” daughter she nicknamed “birdy” lost her life in such a tragic way, the Liverpool Echo reported.

Chloe, who had a twin brother and three other siblings, travelled to Liverpool from Hafan y Mor Haven Holiday Park in Pwllheli, North Wales, where she worked, for a night out.

She was sharing a room at the city centre hotel with her colleague, who found her body and raised the alarm.

Speaking of her agony, she said: “Chloe left Pwllheli around 7.40pm and they went to the Adelphi, there was some sort of engagement party or something.

“By midnight, she had been drinking shots and so on and she was a bit drunk, so her friend has taken her back to the hotel to sleep it off, and then he’s gone back out.

“It seems she has got up out of the bed confused, not knowing where she is, and she’s opened the door of the wardrobe maybe thinking it is the toilet or the door to go back out of the room.

“It was a big, old, heavy wardrobe and it’s fallen on her and crushed her windpipe.”

Miss Williams said Chloe’s friend returned to the room in the early hours of the morning and was confronted with the horrific scene.

She said he shouted to get help and two men from other rooms came to help lift the wardrobe off Chloe, but it was too late to save her life.

It was those three men who were initially questioned over Chloe’s death by police, before being released with no further action taken when the circumstances became clear.

The three men aged, 26, 46 and 49, were initially arrested in connection with the death but were released without charge. Merseyside Police have confirmed her death is being treated as “accidental”.

A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council confirmed that its Environmental Health department is working with Merseyside Police on an ongoing investigation into the events surrounding a death at the Adelphi Hotel.

Merseyside Police have passed a file to the coroners office, which said it had also launched an investigation into Chloe’s death.

Tributes have flooded in for the young woman on social media, as friend’s wrote: “Rest easy beautiful girl” and another said “absolutely heartbroken”, while a third posted “RIP beautiful”.

Speaking about her loss, Miss Williams said: “She loved animals, she had a little dog called Archie she was obsessed with. There are so many photos of them together.

“My little nickname for her was birdy. She was so petite and little, and when she ate she was like a little bird. She was quiet, she was somebody who didn’t speak unless it needed saying.

“But in the last 12 months she was coming out of her shell, she was gaining her confidence and she had a wide circle of friends. She was kind and caring and she seemed to connect with gay men, and that was how she met the friend she went to Liverpool with.”

Miss Williams said her daughter was enjoying her job waitressing in the holiday park, which also provided her accommodation as well, and was “living her best life”.

She said: “She was planning to do her driving lessons and she had saved up a little bit of money for that, and she wanted to go abroad on holiday with her friends. She was just doing all the things that any 21-year-old would do.

“She was beautiful, but she had struggled with confidence about herself so she didn’t really know how beautiful she was and that made her beautiful on the inside as well. She was very kind.”

Miss Williams says she is determined to find out how the incident happened.

She said: “I need to know, as a mum I need to know every detail. I don’t know how long she was under there before she died, and we have been told somebody heard a noise from the room around 3am but didn’t report it.

“I just cannot believe my daughter is never coming home because of a wardrobe, for the sake of maybe two screws in a wall. Every year I take a picture of all my children on the couch in their Christmas outfits, and now there will be someone missing.”

The original Adelphi Hotel was built in 1826 but was knocked down and replaced with another building 50 years later.

The hotel rose with popularity in the early 20th century as wealthy passengers set sail across the Atlantic on ocean liners such as the Titanic.

Over the years famous visitors have included Sir Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Bob Dylan.

A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “Liverpool City Council can confirm that it’s Environmental Health department is working with Merseyside Police on an ongoing investigation into the events surrounding a death at the Adelphi Hotel.”