A man charged with the murder of a Sissinghurst mother-of-two has denied killing a second woman who disappeared at the same location six months earlier.
Mark Brown, 40, of Squirrel Close, St-Leonards-on-Sea, appeared at Lewes Crown Court after being charged with the murder of Alexandra Morgan who was last seen at a petrol station near Cranbrook, November 14.
He is also charged with the murder of Leah Ware, 33, who disappeared last May near her home in Hastings, as did Ms Morgan.
Brown today pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Ware, whose body was never found.
He had previously pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Morgan, whose remains were discovered, but he admitted trying to dispose of her body by burning after she died in an accident.
Ms Ware was reported missing in May, with police confirming her disappearance was ‘irrelevant’.
Six months later, dog groomer Ms Morgan has disappeared.
The two women had the same build, height and hair color and just like Mrs. Ware, Mrs. Morgan had not been in contact with his family.
Police carried out an extensive search for Ms Morgan in three areas near Hastings and another near Sevenoaks.
The 34-year-old Mini was later collected.
The car was seen making trips between his home in Sissinghurst and Hastings in East Sussex on November 14 and 15.
On the morning of her disappearance, she was served at the Shell petrol station in The Common, Sissinghurst, at 7.20am by her friend Rose McAuley, 32, when she filled up her car and bought a coffee and a snack.
Speaking of This Morning, Ms McAuley said: ‘She was more done than I’ve ever seen her before.
“And she arrived very early in the morning, which was unlike her.”
DCI lead investigators Neil Kimber, Kent Police, and DCI Andy Wolstenholme, Sussex Police, said in a joint statement: “Our thoughts are with the families of Alexandra and Leah at this difficult time.
“While we have located Alexandra’s remains, we have yet to find Leah and our investigations are ongoing.
“We understand the impact this can have in our communities.
“We ask anyone with any information regarding Leah or Alexandra to contact us urgently.”
Brown has been remanded in custody and will stand trial on October 17.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting Operation Gallery for Kent or Operation Acresdown for Sussex.