Police charge two men with murder of missing woman, 42, who is believed to be dead after she was last seen two weeks ago

Julia Rawson (pictured) disappeared from her home on May 12 and her body has not yet been found

Two men have been charged with the murder of a missing woman who was last seen two weeks ago.

Julia Rawson disappeared from her home on May 12 and her body has not yet been found, West Midlands Police said.

Detectives say inquiries have led them to believe the 42-year-old from Dudley is dead.

Nathan Maynard-Ellis, 28, of Tipton, and David Leesley, 23, of Russell‘s Hall, will both appear at Walsall Magistrates‘ Court today.

Ms Rawson is 6ft, with ‘short tousled hair‘.

She was was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, grey hooded top, dark grey jeans and a black-and-white shoulder bag.

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Her family is being kept informed of the latest developments, police said.

Forensic teams have been conducting searches of the banks of the Birmingham canal in Dudley Port. 

They have also been searching a property in nearby Tipton. 

Det Insp Jim Colclough, leading the investigation, said: ‘Extensive enquiries have led us to the strong belief that Julia has died.

‘We are still working to establish the full circumstances around her disappearance, and our thoughts are with her family at what is a very traumatic time for them.‘

Anyone with information has been asked to officers via Live Chat, at west-midlands.police.uk, via 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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