James Brodie murder: Court hears 'remains' found in search for missing man

James Brodie James Brodie has not been seen since Marian Bates' murder in 2003

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Remains found by police searching for a teenager wanted over the murder of a Nottinghamshire jeweller could be human, a court has heard.

James Brodie, 19, went missing in 2003 after 64-year-old Marian Bates was shot dead at a family store in Arnold.

Dean Betton of Raleigh Street, Radford, Nottingham, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court charged with Brodie's murder.

Nottinghamshire Police said it could not determine if the remains were human but samples had been sent for testing.

Appearing by video-link from Lincoln Prison, 32-year-old Betton spoke only to confirm his name. No pleas were entered and there was no application for bail.

Judge Michael Heath remanded Betton in to custody until his next court appearance on 29 April.

Farmhouse search

Brodie has not made any contact with family or friends in almost nine years.

Last week, Nottinghamshire Police searched land at Maize Farm, East Heckington, Lincolnshire, in connection with their inquiry.

Police said they have now completed their investigations at the seven bedroom farmhouse.

A spokeswoman confirmed detectives had found "a number of samples" at the farm which had been taken away for further analysis.

A 31-year-old man, who was also arrested on suspicion of Brodie's murder, has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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