Georgia Williams murder case: Jamie Reynolds remanded

Jamie Reynolds
Image caption Jamie Reynolds appeared before Telford magistrates

A man charged with the murder of teenager Georgia Williams has been remanded in custody by magistrates.

Police have not confirmed if a girl's body found in woodland near Wrexham on Friday is that of the 17-year-old student from Wellington, Shropshire.

Jamie Reynolds, 22, from Avondale Road, Wellington, appeared before Telford magistrates and is due at Stafford Crown Court on Tuesday.

Georgia's father Steven, a police officer, said she was "a great girl".

'Always here'

Speaking at AFC Telford United's stadium, which was opened earlier to allow her friends and family to pay their respects, he paid tribute to his daughter, saying: "Thank you for being in my life. God bless you."

He added: "I'm holding it together for Georgia. I'd like to thank everybody who's here for coming down and showing their love for Georgia.

"She was into everything.

Image caption Georgia Williams' father is a West Mercia detective constable

"Never say she was. Say she is. Talk about her as though she's here and always will be here with us."

The club, where Georgia worked on match days, said it was "devastated".

Her father and mother, Lynette Williams, were joined by more than 100 relatives, friends and well-wishers who gathered at the ground.

Flowers have been left in a designated area at the stadium.

The teenager, who was head girl at her former school, was last seen by her parents on Sunday evening when she told them she was going to meet friends.

Georgia's boyfriend, Matthew Bird, 19, said he would "never forget" her.

He said: "You shouldn't say people are perfect, but she is perfect at the end of the day and she always was to me and she will be.

'Phenomenal support'

"I just want everyone possible to know how much I do love her and I mean that in the deepest part of me and the reason... I'm not getting upset in front of people is... not because I don't care, it's because she wouldn't want me to.

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Media captionGeorgia's father, Steven Williams: ''Georgia, you were a great girl. Thank you for being in my life''

"I've got to really push on with everything and make her proud because that's what she'd want."

Georgia's best friend, Kate Lafferty, 17, was among those at the stadium as friends and well-wishers arrived to leave flowers on the North Stand and write in a book of condolence opened by the club.

Many wept as the football club's anthem Keeping the Dream Alive played.

Mr Bird said: "Today has just been outstanding.

"I can't explain to you how perfect it has been and, take away my feelings, the support everyone has given to her friends and family is phenomenal. I know she would be so proud."

AFC Telford United chairman Lee Carter said: "She was a lovely girl. Very polite and well-mannered. Bright, bubbly and really did make a massive impact on anyone she came in contact with.

"She will be sorely missed."

Police search teams found a girl's body in woodland near Wrexham on Friday. No formal identification has been made.

The discovery was made at about 14:00 BST off the Nant-y-Garth pass in north Wales.

Image caption Flowers have been left at AFC Telford United's stadium, where Georgia used to work on match days

Officers want to find a waist-length black leather-type jacket with a stand-up collar that the teenager was wearing on the night she went missing.

They are also keen to trace her distinctive spotty leather satchel, a pink, flowered make-up bag and her white Samsung Galaxy Y mobile phone.

Mr Reynolds, who is accused of murdering Georgia on the day she disappeared, did not speak during his five-minute court hearing.

He was arrested in Glasgow city centre on Wednesday.

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