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Body found in Patricia Goodband murder inquiry

Patricia Goodband
Image caption Patricia Goodband was last seen on 17 December

A woman's body has been found by police searching for a 76-year-old woman in Buckinghamshire.

Patricia Goodband, who was a director of a building supplies company based at her home in Woodham near Aylesbury, was reported missing on 9 January.

Thames Valley Police said the body was found in Woodham. Formal identification had not been completed.

Christopher Symons, 63, of Thackeray End, Aylesbury, is charged with Ms Goodband's murder.

A second man, Robert Taft, 59, of Kings Close, Westcott, Aylesbury, is charged with perverting the course of justice.

Both men have been remanded in custody to appear before Aylesbury Magistrates' Court.

Det Supt Chris Ward said: "The body was found on land at Akeman House in Woodham this afternoon.

"Scenes of crime officers and a forensic archaeologist are continuing to work at the location.

"The recovery of the body will understandably take some time and we will not be able to carry out a formal identification until this process has been completed."

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