Man charged with murder of TV extra before she could claim her parents' £1m estate
A man has been charged with the murder of a TV extra who went missing eight years ago before she could claim her parents' estate worth a reported £1 million.
There has been no confirmed sighting of Janet Brown, who lived in the Lowgate area of Hexham, Northumberland, since June 2005.
Donald Graham, 59, of Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, has now been charged with her murder, as well as two counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception and 13 counts of fraud.
He is also being jointly charged with Elizabeth Todd, 51, of Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, with forgery, conspiracy to commit fraud, and perverting the course of justice.
Ms Brown, who was single, loved to travel and for that reason friends were not concerned when she first went missing.
But since then extensive inquiries around the world, including in Thailand, have drawn a blank.
Ms Brown, who worked on the TV show Distant Shores, never made a claim for her parents' inheritance after they died.
Earlier this year officers from Northumbria Police searched a farm near Sparty Lea, south west of Hexham, in the remote North Pennines, for her body.
A police spokesman said the pair would appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court later today.