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Police confirm body found in woodland is missing mother, 50

Police confirm body found in woodland is missing mother, 50, after charging her husband, 55, with murder

  • Rodrigo Alberto Giraldo Tascon due in court charged with the murder of his wife
  • Luz Margory Isaza Villegas, 50, was last seen by her neighbours last Saturday
  • She spoke to a family member on the phone just before 3.20pm on same day 

Luz Margory Isaza Villegas, 50, was last seen by neighbours in Hertfordshire on Saturday January 12

Police have confirmed the body found in a Hertfordshire woodland is that of a missing mother-of-two.

Luz Margory Isaza Villegas, 50, was last seen by neighbours in the early afternoon of Saturday, January 12, at her home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Her husband Rodrigo Alberto Giraldo Tascon, 55, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court after being charged with her murder and preventing a proper and lawful burial on Thursday last week.

He has been remanded in custody and will next appear at St Albans Crown Court on Monday.

Detectives confirmed search teams discovered a body on Northchurch Common, near Berkhamsted around 9am on Thursday last week.

The family are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.  

She last spoke to a family member on the phone just before 3.20pm on the same day.

Mrs Villegas is believed to have lived with her son Daniel Giraldo Isaza, 25, and daughter Ana Giraldo Giraldo Isaza, 23.

She is also understood to have been a foster parent who was fostering a two-month-old baby. 

The child is now thought to be in the care of a family member.

Police teams have been pictured last week carrying out a search of Northchurch Common

Police teams have been pictured last week carrying out a search of Northchurch Common

Detectives confirmed search teams discovered a body on Northchurch Common last week, near Berkhamsted around 9am this morning

Detectives confirmed search teams discovered a body on Northchurch Common last week, near Berkhamsted around 9am this morning

Forensic officers were seen looking in bins and searching under a parked car in Hemel Hempstead

Forensic officers were seen looking in bins and searching under a parked car in Hemel Hempstead

Detectives launched an appeal to track down the mother-of-two after she went missing

Detectives launched an appeal to track down the mother-of-two after she went missing

Police confirmed a cordon was put in place at the property on the day Mrs Villegas went missing last week.

Houses on the road sell for up to £300,000 and the area is popular with those who commute into London, a half-hour train journey away. 

A spokesman for the police said: ‘Police are now in a position to confirm that a body found on Northchurch Common is that of missing Hemel Hempstead woman Luz Margory Isaza Villegas.

‘Luz, aged 50, went missing from her home on Saturday, January 12.An extensive search was carried out and a body was sadly discovered by police at around 9am on Thursday (January 17).

‘Her family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.’

Police at the scene in Hemel Hempstead after Mrs Villegas was reported missing

Police at the scene in Hemel Hempstead after Mrs Villegas was reported missing

She spoke to a family member on the phone on Saturday, which was her last known contact

She spoke to a family member on the phone on Saturday, which was her last known contact

Neighbours said forensic officers had carried out several objects from inside the home

Neighbours said forensic officers had carried out several objects from inside the home

 

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