Human remains found in search for woman, 58, who vanished from £850,000 farmhouse as man, 56, charged with murder

HUMAN remains have been found in a search for a woman who vanished from her £850,000 farmhouse sparking a "no body" murder probe.

Stuart Williamson, 56, has been charged with murdering Diane Douglas, 58, between 1 and 31 December in 2018 – as her relatives called the cops after not hearing from her for YEARS.

Norfolk Police have now confirmed that human remains have been found in the gardens of a farmhouse on Barford Road, Colton.

Cops made the tragic discovery while searching the property – which has been cordoned off since Saturday – during the murder probe.

Officers believe the remains to be those of Diane Douglas – however, an official identification is yet to be made.

A Home Office post mortem examination will take place in due course.

Concerned family members of Ms Douglas contacted police on October 21 to report her missing after losing contact with her.

Officers immediately launched a probe – and last week they announced they were treating her disappearance as murder, even though no body had at the time been found.

The 56-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the killing – and has now been charged.

Williamson was found in Wales and was arrested before being returned to his home in Norfolk for questioning.

He appeared at Norwich Crown Court earlier today.

Police say he was known to Diane, who lived in Colton on the outskirts of Norwich.

Norfolk police said in a statement: "Officers searching a property on the outskirts of Norwich as part of a ‘no-body’ murder investigation can confirm human remains have been found.

"Diane was reported missing on Thursday 21 October 2021 by family members.

"Detectives from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team declared the case a ‘no body’ murder investigation after enquiries revealed Diane had not been seen for a significant period.


"Stuart Williamson, 56, and of Barford Road, Colton, is accused of murdering Diane between 1 and 31 December in 2018, when she would have been aged either 55 or 56.

"Williamson was arrested on Saturday in Abergavenny, Wales, and was brought back to Norfolk for questioning before being charged with murder on Monday night.

"He was remanded in custody and appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court yesterday (Tuesday 2 November 2021) and Norwich Crown Court today (Wednesday 3 November 2021).

"He was remanded in custody and the next court hearing will take place on Wednesday 22 December, with the plea and trial preparation hearing due to take place on 14 January 2022.

"A provisional trial date has been set for April next year."

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