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Woman charged over murder of Londoner, 67, whose body was found in Devon

A woman has been charged with the murder of 67-year-old lady who went missing in London.

The body of Mee Kuen Chong was discovered in the Devon town of Salcombe after she went missing in London last month.

Police said on Saturday that Jemma Mitchell, 36, of Brondesbury Park, Brent, north-west London, has been charged with her murder.

She was arrested at a residential address in Kilburn on suspicion of murder on Tuesday evening.

Mitchell will appear in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Ms Chong, who was known to friends as Deborah, was found in woodland near Bennett Road at about 5pm on June 27, after being reported missing from her home in Wembley on June 11.

Devon and Cornwall Police were initially treating her death as unexplained.

But on Tuesday, inquiries by the force in south Devon and the London area led to a murder investigation being launched by the Metropolitan Police’s specialist crime command.

Crime scenes remain in place at two residential premises in north-west London and in woodland in south Devon.

Police searches are likely to continue over the coming days, the Met said.

A post-mortem examination took place at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital last week but a cause of death has not yet been ascertained.

Mrs Chong was originally from Malaysia but had been living in Wembley for more than 30 years.

Her family has been updated about the new development and is being supported by trained officers.

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