Southampton Common death: Man charged with murder of missing man

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image captionGerald Pragnell's body was found on Southampton Common

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a missing man whose body was found in woodland.

Gerald Pragnell, 66, from Southampton, was found strangled near Cemetery Road on Southampton Common on Saturday.

He disappeared after leaving work at Southampton Airport at 06:30 GMT on Thursday and was reported missing the following day.

Tommy Scott, 34, of no fixed address, appeared before Southampton magistrates earlier.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday.

Six other suspects have been released pending further inquiries.

They include five men, aged 20, 23, 24, 25 and 36, and a 31-year-old woman.

image captionPolice found the body in woodland off Cemetery Road
image captionUndergrowth has been searched for evidence

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