Woman, 36, charged with pensioner’s murder after ‘headless’ body found in woods

Mee Kuen Chong went missing in London before her body was found in Devon (Image: @MPSBrent / SWNS)

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A woman has been charged with the murder of a pensioner whose body was found "headless" in a woodland over 200 miles from where she went missing.

Mee Kuen Chong, known to friends as Deborah, was found near Bennett Road, in the Devon town of Salcombe, on June 27 after vanishing from London.

The 67-year-old had been reported missing from her Wembley home on June 11.

Police said today Jemma Mitchell, 36, of Brondesbury Park, Brent, north-west London, has been charged with Mrs Chong's 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 today.

Police at the scene where Mee Kuen Chong was found dead
(Image: SWNS)

Mrs Chong's death was initially treated as unexplained, with the investigation led by Devon and Cornwall Police.

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.

Neighbours said Mee Kuen Chong was considered 'vulnerable'
(Image: @MPSBrent / SWNS)

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.

Mee Kuen Chong reported missing from her Wembley home on June 11
(Image: Metropolitan Police / SWNS)

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

Neighbours have described her as very religious, pleasant and friendly. But they say she was considered vulnerable.

The Met’s directorate of professional standards had been informed following the discovery of Mrs Chong’s body, which a spokesman said was “standard procedure”.

A referral has also been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Anyone with information is asked to call 0208 358 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A police source previously confirmed that the body was found without a head.

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