Two men have been remanded in custody at the Old Bailey accused of killing wealthy oil executive Carole Waugh.
Rakesh Bhayani, 40, and Nicholas Kutner, 47, were charged with murdering the 50-year-old, who disappeared from her central London home in April.
Miss Waugh's body was found with a single stab wound inside a car in a lock-up garage in Lime Court, New Malden, south west London, on August 2.
Miss Waugh was originally from Durham and was reported missing by her family on 7 May.
Unemployed Bhayani, of Chamberlayne Avenue, Wembley, north west London, and Kutner, of no fixed address, made no application for bail.
They will appear again at the same court for a plea and case management hearing on 22 November.
The pair also face separate fraud charges in relation to Miss Waugh and these are also expected to be dealt with at that hearing.