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Two charged with body parts murder.

Summary: Two people have been charged with a man whose body parts were found across the English countryside.

Two people have been charged with a man whose body parts were found across the English countryside.

Hertfordshire Police said a 37-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman have been charged with the murder of Jeffrey Howe.

Stephen Marshall, of Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, and Sarah Bush, of north London, were arrested on Tuesday over the death of Mr Howe, 49, whose dismembered remains were discovered at various locations in Hertfordshire and Leicestershire.

Mr Howe's brother earlier issued a statement on behalf of the family which read: "Jeffrey was an extremely caring son. He was a jovial, charming character who had a heart of gold and would get on with anyone.

"He could be a little selfish sometimes but did what he thought was best.

"Although we didn't have a great deal of contact and we hadn't seen each other for a few months, as you can imagine our family has been left extremely traumatised by what has happened."

Mr Howe's neighbour, Frances Loizou, said she had not seen the victim for six months before hearing of his murder on the news.

Other neighbours said they had not seen Mr Howe or his two cars for around six months and said they believed he had rented out his two-bedroom ground-floor flat.

Some 100 officers have been chasing leads since Mr Howe's left leg with the foot attached was found in a green holdall at the side of a road on March 22 in Cottered, Hertfordshire.

A week later his arm, dismembered at the elbow and wrist, was discovered on a grass verge in Wheathampstead, about a 40-minute drive from Cottered.

Then on April 1, a farmer found his head in a field in Asfordby, Leicestershire, about 95 miles from Wheathampstead via the M1 and A606.

His right leg was found near the A10 Puckeridge bypass in Hertfordshire by a driver on April 7, before finally his torso was discovered by a walker near Standon in the same county on April 11. Mr Howe's hands are yet to be found.

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