A TEENAGER has been charged with the murder of missing Marc Williams after a body was found in woodland.

Lewis Ashdown, 19, of Normansland, Fairwarp, Uckfield, was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday and subsequently charged with murder in the early hours of this morning.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court today.

Search teams investigating the disappearance of the 18-year-old, who was reported missing from Uckfield on Sunday, found a body in the Heron’s Ghyll area late on Tuesday night.

He called his family about 11.30pm to say he was on his way home but did not return, police said.

While the body has not been formally identified at this stage, it is believed to be Marc.

Pictures taken from the scene showed dozens of officers searching the long grass, with police tape around section of trees.

Detective chief inspector Emma Vickers said: "Our thoughts remain with Marc's family at this difficult time.

"His family are being supported by specially trained officers and we ask that their privacy is respected.

"This is a fast-moving enquiry and we thank the public for their patience and understanding as we continue to carry out our work in the area.

"Anyone with information that may assist with our investigation is urged to report it to us immediately online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Skittle."