A MAN has denied murdering a teenage sex worker almost 18 years ago.

Rachel Wilson, 19 of Middlesbrough, was last seen alive in May 2002, but her remains were not found until 2012.

Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court via video link from Durham Prison, Keith Hall of Lambton Road, Middlesbrough, pleaded not guilty to her murder.

The 61-year-old also denied living off the earnings of prostitution and perverting the course of justice.

Human remains were found in a secluded location at Newham Hall Farm on the outskirts of Middlesbrough in June 2012. These were confirmed as being those of Rachel and a new murder investigation was launched.

The Recorder of Newcastle, Judge Paul Sloan QC, remanded Hall in custody.

The trial is listed to take place on June 3.