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Man charged over Natalia Doherty death

Natalia and Gerald Doherty Image copyright Bedfordshire Police
Image caption Detectives believe Natalia Doherty went to stay with her ex-husband, Gerald, shortly before her last confirmed sighting

A man has been charged in connection with the death of a woman who disappeared 13 years ago.

The remains of mother-of-three Natalia Doherty, 50, were found in a garden in Luton in December 2015.

Daniel Doherty, 67, of Icknield Way, Luton, has been charged with preventing a lawful burial, obstructing a coroner in the execution of his duty and perverting the course of justice.

Ms Doherty was last seen on 15 April 2003, prompting a murder inquiry.

Detectives believe that shortly before her death, she travelled to Luton to stay with her late ex-husband, Gerald, at the now-demolished Regents Arms in Hastings Street.

Officers launched a fresh investigation in January 2014, and remains were discovered during a search at a garden of a house in Icknield Way.

Ms Docherty also went by the surname Wilkanowska.

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