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Man charged with murder after body of Megan Bills found in wardrobe

Ashley Foster is alleged to have killed the teenager up to three weeks before her remains were discovered at a property in the West Midlands.

A 24-year-old man arrested after a teenager’s body was found in a wardrobe wrapped in clingfilm has been charged with her murder.

Ashley Foster is alleged to have killed Megan Bills up to three weeks before her remains were discovered at a property in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, last month.

Foster, of no fixed address, appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to murdering the 17-year-old on a day between April 13 and April 20 this year.

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Megan Bills was murdered between April 13 and 20 this year (West Midlands Police/PA)

Dressed in a grey jumper, Foster admitted a charge of preventing the decent and lawful burial of Megan between April 15 and May 5 this year.

Judge James Burbidge QC adjourned the case until January next year, when Foster will stand trial at the same court accused of murder.

Commenting on the latest development in the inquiry, Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield, of West Midlands Police, said: “In the very early stages of this investigation Ashley Foster was charged with the offence of preventing a lawful burial.

“The investigation team has maintained close communication with the Crown Prosecution Service as the case has progressed and, following a recent review of the evidence, Foster has today been charged with the murder of Megan Bills.

“Megan’s family have been fully updated with this further development and our thoughts remain with them. The investigation continues and I again appeal for anyone who has any information they believe would assist the case to come forward.”

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