Student found dead days after going missing had suffered miscarriage

Missing student, 24, is found dead in woods two days after going vanishing in wake of miscarriage and struggles with Covid lockdown

  • Body of missing Zantanna Hall, 24, recovered from woodland near Scunthorpe 
  • Young student had been reported missing for two days before she was found 
  • Her family have revealed the heart-breaking tragedies she endured throughout her life – including shocking deaths of family members and a recent miscarriage
  • Tributes have flooded in for the social care student after her funeral 

A student who was discovered dead after going missing had suffered a spate of tragedies including a recent miscarriage and the brutal death of her father, her family has since revealed 

Zantanna Hall, 24, was found dead in woodland area around Mortal Ash Hill, near Scunthorpe, after being missing for two days last month. 

Family have revealed she went missing for two days after struggling with ‘difficult lockdown restrictions’, before her body was recovered from the woods. 

Her partner Brandan explained: ‘Everyone supported her but she often felt on her own. With lockdown restrictions it was difficult for her.’

The young social care student had already suffered several tragedies in her short life, including a miscarriage in February and the violent death of her father when she was a child.  

Heartfelt tributes have since been paid to Zantanna in the wake of her funeral, which was held in Scunthorpe earlier this week. 

Zantanna Hall, 24, was found dead in woodland area around Mortal Ash Hill, near Scunthorpe, after being missing for two days last month

Zantanna and partner Brendan Scott (pictured together) met seven years ago. They were expecting a baby together but suffered a miscarriage earlier this year

Zantanna had met partner Brendan, 23, seven years ago when the pair started working in Scunthorpe.

They set up home in Warley Road together two years ago, and endured ‘the darkest and happiest times’ together.

The couple were expecting their first child together after Zantanna fell pregnant at Christmas time, but she sadly suffered a miscarriage in February. 

Brendan said: ‘She had mountains to climb after all the tragedies in her life. But we loved going out eating and for rides on our bikes and we both loved travel. 

‘Often we went to Tattershall Lakes, London and had a great time in Turkey. It was always impulsive. We just saw a place and went,’ he said.

The young social care student had already suffered several tragedies in her short life, including a miscarriage in February and the violent death of her father when she was a child

She was due to graduate in social care at Lincoln University later this year. Her mother Sharon said she will receive the degree in her memory.

Zantanna’s father, Andy Hall, was brutally killed in September 2004 after being struck with a heavy piece of wood outside of his home. She was just seven-years-old at the time.

Her grandmother, Camille Searby had died from a brain tumour in 2017 after being cared for by Zantanna.   

Her partner Brandan Scott, 23, (left) plans to erect a bench in the town with a plaque dedicated to her memory and thanked family and friends for their ‘exceptional support’ over the most difficult time of his life

Brandan plans to erect a bench in the town with a plaque dedicated to her memory and thanked family and friends for their ‘exceptional support’ over the most difficult time of his life.

Her mother, Sharon, commented: ‘We were always best friends. We enjoyed our holidays. 

‘She had lots of friends from Frederick Gough School and spent most of her time with cousins Crystal and Kiara. She enjoyed horse riding too.’

After working as receptionist at Specialist Surfacing, she decided to take up a career in social care and studied at Lincoln University for two years.

‘She was such a loving and giving soul. Nothing was too much and if anyone was feeling upset she would always be there to put her arm around them,’ Sharon added.

She added: ‘I am so lucky to have had such a beautiful and amazing daughter for 24 years.’

She said the support from family and friends at the funeral service on Tuesday was a great comfort to her.

Callum McLellan, of Everest Road, Scunthorpe, was originally charged with the murder of Andrew Hall, who died in Hull Royal Infirmary on September 23, 2004, four days after being struck with a piece of wood outside his home. 

At Hull Crown Court, McLellan admitted the manslaughter and was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

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