Donald Graham charged with murder of heiress Janet Brown

Janet Brown Janet Brown was last seen in 2005

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an heiress who went missing in 2005.

Janet Brown, who would now be 53, was last known to be living in the Hexham area of Northumberland.

In May, detectives carried out a renewed search of remote farmland, but failed to find any remains.

Donald Graham, 59, of Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, appeared before magistrates in Newcastle and was remanded in custody.

Mr Graham is also accused of fraud and obtaining a money transfer by deception.

Elizabeth Todd, 51, also of Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, has been charged with forgery, conspiracy to commit fraud, and perverting the course of justice.

She was granted conditional bail and will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court alongside Mr Graham on 17 September.

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