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Test results due on woman's body

Results of a post-mortem examination on the body of a woman believed to be missing millionairess Joanna Brown are expected to be released.

Officers investigating the disappearance of the 46-year-old, from Ascot, Berkshire, found a body in dense woodland in nearby Windsor Great Park on Friday night.

A post-mortem examination took place on Saturday but police said they would not release details about the cause of death until the body was formally identified.

Mrs Brown's husband Robert, also 46, appeared at Slough Magistrates' Court on Friday charged with her murder and was remanded in custody until Monday when he will appear at Reading Crown Court for a bail hearing. The court heard Mrs Brown is thought to have died a violent, unnatural or sudden death.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said on Friday night: "Officers attended the scene of where the body was discovered, following information received yesterday afternoon in connection with the disappearance of 46-year-old Joanna Brown from Ascot. Although a formal identification has not yet taken place, Joanna's family have been kept fully updated and continue to be supported by specially trained family liaison officers."

Police spent last week scouring the densely wooded park for Mrs Brown's remains. She was reported missing at 8am last Monday after a family member raised the alarm, concerned at not being able to contact her.

Officers forced entry into her sprawling country mansion, which was empty at the time, and a subsequent search led them to believe she had been attacked.

The couple's marital home, Tun Cottage, was run as an award-winning bed and breakfast by Mrs Brown after they separated. The mock-Tudor property, worth in the region of £3 million, is described on its website as a "beautiful English country home" and was awarded a four-star Gold Award by Visit Britain.

The pair, who married 11 years ago and have two children, an 11-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl, were going through divorce proceedings when Mrs Brown went missing.

Brown, of North Street, Winkfield, is accused of murdering his wife sometime between last Saturday and Monday. He is also charged with preventing a coroner from holding an inquest by disposing of her body in an unknown place.


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