Bernadette Walker: Parents of missing teenage girl charged with murder eight weeks after she disappeared

The parents of a missing teenager who disappeared more than eight weeks ago have been charged with murder.

Bernadette Walker, 17, of Peterborough, was reported missing by her mother and father on July 21 after she had not been seen for three days, Cambridgeshire Police said.

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit carried out searches to try and locate the teen before launching a “no-body” murder investigation on Friday.

Sarah Walker, 37, and 50-year-old Scott Walker, both of Century Square in Millfield, Peterborough, appeared before Peterborough Magistrates’ Court in a virtual hearing on Monday.

A court official said they are due to appear before Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday and have been remanded in custody until that date.

Detective Superintendent Jon Hutchinson said: “Whilst my team have made significant progress with this investigation in the last few days, we are yet to find Bernadette.

“Therefore my plea is for anyone who has information on what has happened to her, or where she might be, to get in touch as a matter of urgency.”