A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an economics graduate found dead in woodland near her workplace.
David Simmonds, 21, was accused of the killing of Thorntons worker Jia Ashton, 25, from Somercotes, Derbyshire, who disappeared on March 10. She was found dead in nearby woods three days later.
Mrs Ashton left the Thorntons site in nearby Swanwick shortly after 5pm on March 10 and is known to have walked into Sleetmoor Woods, along a path known locally as the "yellow brick road". Her body was found in the woods at 4.30pm on Sunday March 13.
Simmonds, from Derby Road, Heanor, Derbys, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court in Derby.
Simmonds, who was arrested at his flat in Derby Road on Thursday, was wearing a short-sleeved blue shirt and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address in the brief hearing.
No application for bail was made and Simmonds was remanded in custody to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on May 23.
Mrs Ashton's husband Matthew, 26, whom she met while studying economics at the University of Warwick and married in her native China in 2006, was in court for the hearing.
Mr Ashton previously described his wife as his "pocket princess".
He said: "At 25, she had already achieved more than most 60-year-olds and I feel that if you hadn't met her by now, one day you would have.
"Those who had met her should consider themselves richer for it."