Police investigating the disappearance of 29-year-old Ellia Arathoon in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire have charged a man with murder after finding human remains. She went missing in the Cromwell Road and Shephard Close areas of the town on Friday 28th October (2016).

Human remains were found near the M53 motorway by police on Thursday afternoon (3 November). Although the body has not yet been formally identified, Ms Arathoon's family have been informed and are being supported by family liaison officers.

Two men had already been arrested on suspicion of murder, but 39-year-old Craig Andrew Proctor of Shephard Close, has now been charged in connection with the case.

He will appear at West Cheshire Magistrates on Friday (4 November). The other man, 37, has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Detective Inspector Stephen Jones from Cheshire Police Major Investigation team said: "I understand that this development is upsetting for the community and I would like to appeal for support from the public as the investigation continues.

"It is estimated that it will take several days before we are able to complete our enquiries in relation to what is a complex crime scene."

DI Jones said CCTV would be analysed and officers would continue to make house-to-house enquiries. "I realise there has been a desire to help Police with the search for Ellia but it is important that members of the public do not approach this area while we are conducting a detailed examination in difficult circumstances," said DI Jones.

According to the Chester Chronicle a white tent was erected outside a house in Shephard Close and a police car was parked outside. There was also police activity in Cromwell Road where the motorway crosses the canal.

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Police looking for missing Ellia Arathoon in Ellesmere Port have charged a man with murder after finding a body Cheshire Police

Anyone with any information in relation to the investigation is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 804 of 31st October. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.