A man decapitated himself soon after phoning police to say he had killed his wife, an inquest heard today.
Nigel Ordinans, 63, from Wolverhampton, was found dead inside his car in the remote Upper Road area of Dover last Thursday.
The car was on its side with the boot open.
Mr Ordinans, a retired brewery worker, had killed himself using wire around his neck, but KentOnline has chosen to withhold the details.
DI Tristan Kluibenschadl told the inquest that a suicide note had been found in Mr Ordinans' car.
A post mortem examination confirmed the cause of death as decapitation.
Assistant coroner Kate Thomas, sitting at the Archbishops' Palace in Maidstone, adjourned the inquest until Monday, January 23, for further reports.
West Midlands Police had later found the body of Mr Ordinans' wife, Linda, 61, a retired secretary, at their shared home in Mill Green Wolverhampton.
It had already been reported that Mr Ordinans had been found dead in his car just after midnight on Thursday morning.
West Midlands Police, held by Kent Police, led the investigation and last week said they believed Mr Ordinans had killed his wife before killing himself.
Anyone with information which could help the enquiry should call DI Hines on 101.