Tuesday 26 September 2017

Murder charge as body found in hunt for missing girl

Richard Vernalls

A 22-year-old man was charged with the murder of missing 17-year-old Georgia Williams last night after a body was found in woodland.

Jamie Reynolds will appear in court in Telford, Shropshire, England, this morning.

The body of a young female was found on the Nant-y-Garth pass near Wrexham, North Wales, Superintendent Nav Malik of West Mercia Police said.

He added that the body had not been formally identified, but early indications suggested it was linked to Georgia's disappearance.

ARRESTED

Georgia, from Wellington, Shropshire, the daughter of a West Mercia Police detective constable, was last seen in the town on Sunday evening.

Mr Reynolds, also from Wellington, was arrested in Glasgow on Tuesday.

Police had appealed on the BBC's 'Crimewatch' programme for sightings of a van, registration CX06 ASV, which had travelled from Wellington to Oswestry, also in Shropshire, before going to North Wales, Chester, Kendal in Cumbria and then on to Glasgow, where it was seized by officers.

Superintendent Malik said police had been liaising closely with Georgia's family, "who are naturally devastated".

He added: "This has proved particularly challenging given that colleagues are working relentlessly, but also that one of the colleagues, Georgia's father, is a police officer within this organisation here, and it's been emotional.

"Whenever someone from a police family is involved, it is particularly distressing, clearly."

Earlier, friends of Georgia spoke of their hope of her safe return as they leafleted people in her home town of Wellington in an effort to raise awareness about her disappearance.

She was described by close friends as "bubbly", with a great sense of humour. Katy Lafferty, Georgia's best friend who helped to organise the leaflet drop, said her disappearance was "heartbreaking".

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