It began as a missing person's inquiry. A search for a 55-year-old grandmother who suddenly vanished from her Chester-le-Street home.
But after an exhaustive search, Pamela Jackson's badly beaten body was found in a shallow moorland grave more than 100 miles away.
Today, September 27, after a five week trial her former partner Adrian Muir - the man who had killed her and driven her there hoping to escape justice - was found guilty of her manslaughter - and not guilty of murder by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.
Gregg Easteal reports.
The investigation into the disappearance of Pamela Jackson in March became one of the biggest in the history in the Durham Police Force.
A man accused of murdering Pamela Jackson told her son they rowed about her injecting Botox before she disappeared, a court heard.
The trial has started of a man accused of murdering County Durham woman Pamela Jackson.