Mee Chong: a woman accused of murder after the discovery of a “headless” body in the forest of Salcombe

A woman was charged today with the murder of a retiree whose headless body was found in the woods of Salcombe.

Londoner Jemma Mitchell, 36, is due in court this morning for the death of Mee Kuen Chong, 67.

Mee, known to many as Deborah, was reported missing on June 11 from her Wembley home.

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His headless body was found in a wooded area over 200 miles near Bennett Road in Salcombe on June 27.

Mitchell, of Brondesbury Park, Brent, was arrested on Tuesday July 6 and Metropolitan Police today confirmed she was charged with murder.

She will appear in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court this morning.



Mee Kuen Chong – known to many as Deborah – had not been seen since June 10 and was reported missing on Friday June 11 from her home in Wembley.

A force spokesperson said today: ‘Crime scenes remain in place at two residential premises in north west London and in the woods of south Devon.

“The police searches should continue in the coming days. ”

A police source has confirmed the body was found headless although this has not been officially confirmed by either Devon and Cornwall Police or Metropolitan Police.

The London Force Declaration said the cause of his death had yet to be established.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the body had been in steeply sloping forest for several days.



Bennett Road in Salcombe

Chief Detective Inspector Jim Eastwood said last week: “The discovery of Mee’s body is a tragic development and my thoughts are with his family and friends.

“At this point, we are working to establish all the circumstances surrounding Mee’s death and in particular his movements. I would ask anyone who has seen her between Thursday June 10 and Sunday June 27 in London or Devon who has not yet spoken to the police to please come forward. ”

Mee was originally from Malaysia but had lived in Wembley for over 30 years. His family has been informed of this development and is supported by specially trained agents.

As is usual procedure, the Met’s Professional Standards Branch has been notified of the discovery of Mee’s body. A referral was also made to the IOPC Fund.

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