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Man on murder charge as hunt for missing woman continues
5:11pm Monday 11th March 2013 in News
POLICE are still searching for a missing grandmother even though a man has been charged with her murder.
Adrian Muir, 50, of Calder Terrace, Halifax, West Yorkshire , was today (Monday, March 11) remanded in custody by magistrates at Consett, County Durham.
The dry stone waller is charged with murdering his partner Pamela Jackson, 55, of The Crescent, Chester-le-Street, between March 2 and 8.
Ms Jackson was reported missing on Thursday by her son Joe, who lives with her in Chester-le-Street, but had not been seen since Saturday, March 2.
When the charge was read to Mr Muir, who will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday (March 13), he said: “I haven’t murdered anybody.”
No formal plea was taken at the five-minute hearing and there was no bail application.
Meanwhile, it was revealed that more than 50 officers and specialist staff are now searching for Ms Jackson.
Originally from Newcastle, Ms Jackson moved to the Chester-le-Street area 12 years ago. She has two other sons, Christopher who lives with his family in Spennymoor and Andrew, who lives in Consett.
Superintendent Graham Hall, who is leading the missing person side of the investigation, said although police and family were becoming increasingly concerned for Ms Jackson they had to remain optimistic she could still be found alive.
He said: "One of the key actions for us is to piece together a picture of Pamela's lifestyle to help focus our search efforts.
"From what we have learned so far, she appears to be someone who rarely goes far from home and contacts people online a great deal.
"She tends to spend a large part of her day on Facebook or taking part in online games, although she is also known to be a regular visitor to Chester-le-Street market on Saturdays."
Crime scene investigators will carry out a detailed examination of Ms Jackson’s semi--detached three-bedroom home over the next few days.
Ms Jackson, whose middle name is Christina is also known to people as Cris or Crissie.
She has also used the surname Bullerio in the recent past.
Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.
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