Family pays tribute to ‘loving and caring’ teen


Police investigating the disappearance of 18-year-old Marc Williams found a body in woodland surrounding the Heron’s Ghyll area late Tuesday night (1st June). On Thursday (3rd June), the body was formally identified to be that of Marc.

Photo of Marc Williams whose body was found in woodland at Heron's Ghyll near Crowborough by Sussex Police after being reported missing.

In a statement released through Sussex Police, Marc’s family said:

Marc touched the hearts of so many people, and made their lives brighter with his loving, caring and thoughtful actions.

We are feeling his loss every second and that will never change. Our hearts are broken.

Rest peacefully, our cheeky boy. With so much love from Mum, Dad and your whole family.

Marc was reported missing, having not returned home on Saturday evening after going out to the recreation ground in Maresfield.

Lewis Ashdown, 19, of Normansland, Fairwarp, was arrested in Eastbourne and subsequently charged with murder.

He appeared before Lewes Crown Court via video-link on Friday (4th June) and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Judge Christine Laing QC approved a request by Ashdown’s legal team for a psychiatric report to be prepared on him.

The judge adjourned the case for a plea and trial preparation hearing on 3rd August, when he’ll be expected to enter a plea. A potential trial has been set January 2022.



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