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A 50-year-old man has appeared in court after the disappearance of his County Durham partner and said "I haven't murdered anybody".
Adrian Muir appeared at Consett Magistrates' Court charged with murdering 55-year-old Pamela Jackson between March 2 and March 8 in Chester-le-Street.
A team of 40 officers are still searching for Mrs Jackson, who was reported missing by one of her three sons on Thursday.
When the clerk read out the charge, Muir, in a blue sweatshirt and with his hands clasped behind his back, replied from behind the glass dock: "I haven't murdered anybody."
No formal pleas were entered and he was remanded in custody to appear before a judge at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday.
Muir, from Halifax in West Yorkshire, had no fixed address, the court heard.
Pamela, also known as Cris or Crissie, does not drive and does not work due to health issues.
- 5 feet tall
- Slim build
- Very long black hair - usually straightened
- Black rose tattoo on her upper right arm
- Large Celtic-style letters on her upper left arm
- Usually wears vintage-style clothing with rings and costume jewellery
A man has been charged with the murder of Pamela Jackson, who has been missing for more than a week. Adrian Muir from Halifax, West Yorkshire, is due to appear before magistrates in Consett.
Ms Jackson from Chester-le-Street was reported missing by her son and was last seen on 2nd March. Durham Police officers are continuing to search for her.
Police are continuing to question a man from West Yorkshire in connection with the disappearance of a grandmother. Pamela Jackson, who is 55, went missing more than a week ago from her home in County Durham.
A 50-year-old from Halifax was arrested yesterday and is being questioned by Durham Police.
Police co-ordinating the search for a missing grandmother from Chester-le-Street have confirmed a man is being questioned about her disappearance.
A 50-year-old man from Halifax in West Yorkshire has been arrested by police in Chester-le-Street in connection with Ms Jackson's disappearance.
He is currently in custody at Durham police office.
- Pamela Jackson was reported missing on Thursday, 7th March 2013.
- She does not drive and is not currently employed due to health issues.
- More than 40 officers and specialist staff are now working on a number of enquiries.
- Anyone with information is being asked to contact Durham Police on 101.
Durham Police are appealing for help to try and find a woman from Chester-le-Street.
Pamela Jackson, who is 55-years-old, was reported missing by her son on Thursday evening, 7th March after he had not seen her or heard from her since the previous weekend.
He thought she might have been staying with a friend but when this turned out not to be the case, he became alarmed and rang the police.
The last time she was known to be in her house was on Saturday, 2nd March and it does not appear she has directly contacted any known friends or family since then either by phone or social media.
Mrs Jackson lives in The Crescent, in the centre of town not far from Chester-le-Street railway station. She does not drive and is not currently employed due to health issues.
Although known to family as Pamela, she often uses 'Chris', 'Cris' or 'Crissie' as her middle name is Christina and has also used the surname 'Bullerio' fairly recently.
Anyone with information is askedto contact *Durham Police *on 101.