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11 March 2013, 06:25 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
A man from Halifax, West Yorkshire, has been charged with the murder of missing 55 year old Pamela Jackson from Chester-Le-Street
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 was at Consett Magistrates' Court, County Durham, charged with murdering 55 year old Pamela Jackson, between March 2nd and March 8th in Chester-le-Street.
A team of 40 officers were still searching for Mrs Jackson, who was reported missing by one of her three grown-up sons, Joe, 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, who police said was from Calder Terrace, Halifax, West Yorkshire, had no fixed address, the court heard.
Mrs Jackson, who is also known as Cris or Crissie, does not drive and does not work due to health issues.
She is described as petite and is 5ft, slim, with very long black hair which is usually straight. She has a black rose tattoo to the upper right arm and large Celtic-style letters to the upper left arm.
She usually wears what is described as vintage-style clothing with rings and costume jewellery.
Later, police said more than 50 officers and specialist staff were searching for Mrs Jackson.
She has not been seen since the evening of Saturday March 2nd.
Anyone with information should contact the incident room by calling 101, or they can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.