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Georgia Williams Murder: Suspect Jamie Reynolds Appears Silent In Court

01/06/2013 11:41 BST | Updated 01/06/2013 15:30 BST
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A general view of police outside an address in Avondale Road, Wellington, which neighbours said was lived in by a Jamie Reynolds as there are grave concerns for the welfare of Georgia Williams, a 17-year-old girl who has not been seen since Sunday night when she told her parents she was going to see friends, West Mercia Police said.

A man has appeared before magistrates charged with the murder of a 17-year-old girl who went missing from her home.

Jamie Reynolds, 22, is charged with murdering Georgia Williams, from Wellington, Telford, on May 26.

Reynolds, also of Wellington, Telford did not speak during the five-minute hearing at Telford Magistrates' Court in Shropshire this morning.

Chairwoman of the bench Ann Hird remanded Reynolds, who appeared wearing a black jumper, into custody to next appear at Stafford Crown Court on Tuesday.

No friends or family were at today's hearing.

Reynolds was charged yesterday following the discovery of a female body in woodland off the Nant-y-Garth pass near Wrexham.

West Mercia Police said the body has not yet been formally identified, but early indications suggest that the discovery relates to the investigation into the disappearance of Georgia.

Georgia, a former head girl at her old school, was last seen by her parents on Sunday evening when she told them she was going to see friends.

Reynolds was arrested in Glasgow city centre on Wednesday by officers from Police Scotland.

Close friends of Georgia, whose father is a serving West Mercia Police detective constable, had described her as "bubbly", with a great sense of humour.

Katy Lafferty, who was Georgia's best friend, said her disappearance was "heart-breaking".

The 17-year-old praised the support that had been expressed by thousands of people via social media.

Liam Ball who goes to New College in Telford, where Georgia attended lectures, described his friend as "friendly, bubbly and lovely with a great sense of humour".

The 18-year-old, of Shifnal, said: "She is everything you could want in a friend."