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31 May 2013, 19:28 | Updated: 31 May 2013, 19:39
A man has been charged over the murder of 17 year old Georgia Williams in Shropshire
The teenager went missing from her home in Wellington near Telford on Sunday the 26th of May.
Officers have found a woman's body 50 miles away near Wrexham in north Wales. Speaking outside Wellington Police Station, Superintendent Nav Malik said:
“I can confirm that within the last hour 22-year-old Jamie Reynolds (DoB: 10/11/1990) from Wellington has been charged with the murder of Georgia Williams. He will now be appearing at Telford Magistrates' Court first thing tomorrow morning.
“Investigators have worked closely with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) throughout this enquiry and today Philip Beardwell - Crown Advocate from West Midlands CPS - has advised West Mercia Police that there is sufficient evidence, and it is in the public interest, to charge Jamie Reynolds with the murder of Georgia Williams.
“During our enquiries, sadly, late yesterday afternoon new evidence came to light that proved Georgia was deceased and that she died at an address in Wellington. For obvious legal reasons, particularly to ensure that future court proceedings are not jeopardised, we are not able to reveal further information about this evidence at this time.
“However, I can now confirm that the body of a female was found earlier this afternoon – at around 2pm - in woodland off the Nant-y-Garth pass near Wrexham. The body has not yet been formally identified but early indications suggest that the discovery relates to our investigation into the disappearance of Georgia Williams.
“Georgia’s family have been kept fully informed of all the recent developments and this has only added to the devastation they are feeling about this week’s events. I would like to ask that their privacy is respected so that they can attempt to come to terms with the events of the past few days.
“Although all investigations of this nature are extremely difficult, it is fair to say that this case has proved particularly challenging for all the officers and staff involved.
“We are totally committed to every investigation we launch but dealing with events that directly affect a colleague and fellow member of the policing family – especially one that many of us know so well - is unusual and has proved extremely tough and emotional for everyone.
“Although there is much more work to do on this case, I would like to thank the whole investigative team for all their efforts up to this point, especially in what have been very trying circumstances.
“Finally, on behalf of the investigative team, I‘d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that came forward with information as a result of our appeals and I’d also like to thank the press for their support and understanding during this investigation so far.”