Police in Spain have discovered a body which is believed to be that of a British woman whose husband has been charged with her murder, detectives said today.
Warwickshire Police said the remains were thought to be those of Patricia Heard, a 58-year-old who was reported missing from her home in Spain in July 2006.
A force spokesman confirmed that the body had been found in the Pego region, inland from the Costa Blanca.
Media reports said the body was found by Spanish Civil Guards buried under rocks near a picnic site close to the popular resort of Javea.
A spokesman for Warwickshire Police said: "Detectives working with police in Spain have found the body of a woman, believed to be Mrs Patricia Heard.
"A post-mortem examination is due to be conducted in Spain tomorrow."
Mrs Heard, formerly of Bedworth, near Coventry, was reported missing from her home address in Oliva, Spain, shortly after she emigrated with her husband Allen.
Allen Heard, also formerly of Bedworth, was charged earlier this month with the murder of his wife and perverting the course of justice.
The 62-year-old was remanded in custody by magistrates in Nuneaton and is due to appear at Warwick Crown Court on Friday.Reuse content