A woman has been charged with the murder of a pensioner whose torso was discovered 200 miles from her home.
Mee Kuen Chong, 67, was found dead in woods in Salcombe, Devon, on 27 June, two weeks after going missing from her home in Wembley, north-west London.
Police confirmed Jemma Mitchell, 36, of Brent, was charged with murder following her arrest on Tuesday.
She appeared in custody at Willesden Magistrates' Court on Saturday and will next appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.
Mee – known to friends as 'Debbie' – had been reported missing from her home on 11 June.
Her death was initially treated as unexplained with enquiries led by Devon and Cornwall Police.
A post-mortem examination took place at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on 28 June, but the cause of death has not yet been ascertained.
Further enquiries led to a murder investigation being launched and an incident room being set up by the Met Police’s Specialist Crime Command.
Crime scenes remain in place at two residential premises in north-west London and at woodland in South Devon.
Police searches are likely to continue over the coming days.
Mee was originally from Malaysia but had been living in Wembley for over 30 years.
Her family has been updated about this development and are being supported by specially trained officers.
The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards were informed following the discovery of Mee’s body.
A referral has also been made to the IOPC.