A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Thornton Heath mum Janelle Duncan-Bailey.

Jerome McDonald of Fairlands Avenue, appeared via video link from Croydon Police Station.

The 30-year-old spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address, during the brief hearing at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court.

Miss Duncan-Bailey of Pawsons Road, was reported missing on January 2, after failing to collect her two sons, aged two and seven from a friend's house.

A body, believed to be that of the 25-year-old care support worker, was discovered on Saturday in a car in Mayfield Crescent.

A post-mortem will be scheduled in due course.

Mr McDonald was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey for a bail hearing on January 9.