Helen Bailey death: Children's author 'found in septic tank'
The body of children's author Helen Bailey was found in a septic tank at her home, a court has been told.
The 51-year-old's remains were discovered in the grounds of her house in Royston, Hertfordshire, on Friday.
She was last seen walking her pet dachshund on 11 April. The body of the dog was also found in the tank.
St Albans Crown Court was told about the discovery during a hearing in the case against her partner Ian Stewart, 55, who is charged with her murder.
Mr Stewart, of Baldock Road, Royston is also charged with perverting the course of justice and preventing a lawful burial.
He appeared via video link and did not enter a plea. He is next due in court on 14 October.
A provisional trial date has been set for January.
Northumberland-born Ms Bailey went missing after apparently leaving a note for her partner saying she wanted some time on her own.
Mr Stewart reported her missing four days later, prompting a police manhunt.
He was arrested and charged on Friday following the discovery of the author's remains.
The results of a post-mortem examination have not yet been released.
Ms Bailey's family paid tribute to her on Saturday describing her as "immensely witty and talented".
The author is best known for creating the Electra Brown series for teenagers and also wrote a blog called Planet Grief, after her husband of 22 years drowned on holiday in Barbados in 2011.