Teen, 19, who vanished with pal on night out is charged with murder after body found

A TEEN who vanished with his pal after a night out has been charged with his murder after cops found a body in woodland.

Lewis Ashdown, 19, was out with Marc Williams, 18, in Ucksfield, East Sussex on Saturday night but neither returned home.

But police later confirmed Ashdown had been found safe as the search for Marc continued.

He has now been charged with murdering Marc after a body was found in woodland around three miles away from where he was last seen.

Although formal identification hasn't taken place, Sussex Police believe it belongs to the teen.

A post-mortem will be carried out in due course and next of kin have been informed.

Ashdown has been remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court today.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers 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."

Anyone with information has been asked to call 101 quoting Operation Skittle.

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