Mee Kuen Chong went missing last month (Image: @MPSBrent / SWNS)
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A suspect has been accused of killing a 67-year-old woman before dumping her decapitated body 250 miles away.
Mee Kuen Chong, who was known to her friends as Deborah, was reported missing from her home in Wembley, north London, on June 11.
Her body was found in woodland near the Devon town of Salcombe on June 27.
An initial post-mortem examination has failed to establish the cause of her death.
Jemma Mitchell, 36, of Brondesbury Park, Brent, north-west London, has been charged with her murder.
She was arrested at a residential address in Kilburn.
On Tuesday, Mitchell appeared before Judge Mark Lucraft QC at the Old Bailey by video link from Bronzefield prison.
Police at the scene where Mee Kuen Chong was found dead
She spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth.
The court heard Mitchell was accused of carrying out a violent murder involving the victim being decapitated and her body then transferred 250 miles to the area of Devon, where it was eventually found.
Judge Lucraft set a plea hearing for September 28 and remanded the defendant into custody.
Mrs Chong was originally from Malaysia and had lived in Wembley for more than 30 years.
She had been living in London for 30 years
(Image: @MPSBrent / SWNS)
Her family is being supported by specially trained officers.
Neighbours have described her as very religious, pleasant and friendly – but they say she was considered vulnerable.
Her death was initially treated as unexplained, with the investigation led by Devon and Cornwall Police.
But on Tuesday last week, inquiries by the force in south Devon and the London area led to a murder investigation being launched by the Metropolitan Police's specialist crime command.
Crime scenes remain in place at two residential premises in north-west London and in woodland in south Devon.
Police searches are likely to continue over the coming days, the Met said.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, who is leading the murder investigation, said previously: "The discovery of Mee’s body is a tragic development and my thoughts are with her family and friends."