17 Aug, 2019 @ 11:00
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British daughter of millionaire Moneypenny founder found dead in pool weeks before 19th birthday in Spain’s Mallorca

RIP: Josie Clacher, the daughter of a British millionaire was found dead at the bottom of a pool in Mallorca

A BRITISH millionaire’s daughter has been found dead in a swimming pool in Mallorca.

Josie Clacher, 18, was found at the bottom of the pool in Alaro at 7am on August 13, shortly after returning home from a ‘night out’ with friends.

Mum Rachel, who co-founded call answering and live chat service firm Moneypenny, was also at the family’s holiday villa beneath the Tramuntana mountains.

Neighbours reportedly raised the alarm after hearing screaming. Emergency services rushed to the villa, but paramedics were unable to revive Josie by CPR.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Josie, a former pupil at exclusive boarding school Moreton Hall, had reportedly enjoyed a night out with friends the night before she died.

A well-placed source told the Sun Online Josie had ‘got back to the villa shortly before she was found dead in the pool’.

TRAGIC: Josie (left) and mum Rachel who founded Moneypenny

A post-mortem is determining the cause of death.

A spokeswoman for Moneypenny said: “We are all extremely devastated and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this tragic time.”

Mum Rachel co-founded the communications provider in 2000 with brother Ed Reeves.

Frustrated at not having anyone competent to answer calls, the pair set the business up with just £10,000 of their own money.

Moneypenny is now valued at more than £100,000,000 handling customer service for 13,000 businesses – from small regional firms to the likes of Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

Rachel received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year, thanking the Queen for the ‘honour’ and ‘acknowledgement’ of her success.

She also mentioned her charity WeMindTheGap, created in 2014 to give unemployed people new career paths and opportunities through paid trainee schemes.

She said: “I strongly believe in doing the right thing, treating people well and providing ongoing support.”

Rachel once revealed in an interview how she discovered she was pregnant with Josie, the second of her three girls, on her first day in her company’s new office back in 2000. 

Josie’s father, David, is the practice director at Wrexham’s Schwarz optometrists.

A spokesman for the firm said: “We are all devastated by the news and thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.”

A spokesman for the British Foreign Office confirmed: “We are supporting the family of a British woman following her death in Majorca, and are in contact with the Spanish authorities.”

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