A man has been charged with murder

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Update: Police investigating the case of Marc Williams, 18, who was reported missing from Uckfield on Sunday (30th May), have charged a man with his murder.

Lewis Ashdown, 19, of Normansland, Fairwarp, was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday (1st June) and subsequently charged with murder in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 3rd June). He will appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today.

Search teams located a body in woodland surrounding the Heron’s Ghyll area late Tuesday night. While the body has not been formally identified at this stage, it is sadly believed to be Marc.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers said:

Our thoughts remain with Marc’s family at this difficult time. His family are being supported by specially trained officers and we ask that their privacy is respected.

This is a fast-moving enquiry and we thank the public for their patience and understanding as we continue to carry out our work in the area.

Det Ch Insp Vickers

Sussex Police update


Body found in woodland Tuesday night

Police investigating the disappearance of Marc Williams, 18, who was reported missing from Uckfield on Sunday (30th May), have found a body.

Marc went to the Maresfield area on Saturday evening (29th May). He called his family about 11.30pm to say he was on his way home but never returned.

Search teams located a body in woodland surrounding the Heron’s Ghyll area late last night (Tuesday 1st June). While the body has not been formally identified at this early stage, it is sadly believed to be Marc.

Next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of his murder in Eastbourne on Tuesday (1th June). He remains in custody for questioning at this time.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said:

This is an absolutely devastating discovery and our thoughts are with Marc’s family at this difficult time. His family are being supported by specially trained officers and we ask that their privacy is respected.

This investigation is a dynamic and fast-moving enquiry and our officers are working around the clock to establish the circumstances of this incident. I am extremely grateful to our respective police teams for their unwavering commitment to finding Marc.

We thank the public for their patience and understanding as we continue to carry out our work in the area and urge people to support us by avoiding engaging in online speculation while we investigate.

Det Ch Insp Vickers

Anyone with information that may assist officers with their investigation is urged to report it immediately by calling 101, quoting Operation Skittle. Or alternatively you can submit information online to Sussex Police.

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