Family of ‘brutal’ teen, 18, ‘found dead in woods’ after night out, say their ‘hearts are broken’

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Family of ‘brutal’ teen, 18, ‘found dead in the woods’ after night out, say their ‘hearts are broken’ – as 19-year-old appears in court on murder charge

  • Marc Williams, 18, went to a recreation ground in Maresfield, Sussex on Saturday
  • Family called police after he didn’t come home, despite telling them he was on his way
  • Body, presumably Marc, was found Tuesday evening in a forest area
  • Lovers today paid tribute to their ‘cheeky boy’ saying ‘hearts were broken’
  • Lewis Ashdown was charged with murder and appeared in court today.

The family of a teenager on a night out paid tribute to a ‘loving and caring’ young man when a 19-year-old appeared in court charged with the murder.

Marc Williams, 18, from Uckfield, went to a recreation ground in Maresfield, Sussex, on Saturday.

His family called the police after he failed to return home – despite being told he was on his way – and a search was launched.

Tragically, a body was found in a forest area on Tuesday evening, presumably Marc’s.

Lovers today paid tribute to their ‘cheeky boy’, saying that their ‘hearts were broken’ by his death.

Lewis Ashdown, also from Uckfield, has been charged with murder and appeared in court today.

Marc Williams, 18, (pictured) from Uckfield, went to a recreation ground in Maresfield, Sussex on Saturday but hadn't been seen since he contacted his family to say he was on his way home

Marc Williams, 18, (pictured) from Uckfield, went to a recreation ground in Maresfield, Sussex on Saturday but hadn’t been seen since he contacted his family to say he was on his way home

Lewis Ashdown (pictured), from Uckfield, East Sussex, has been charged with murder and appeared in court today

In a statement, the family said: “Marc has touched the hearts of so many people and made their lives lighter with his loving, caring and thoughtful actions.

“We feel his loss every second and that will never change. Our hearts are broken.

‘Rest in peace, our cheeky boy. With so much love from mommy, daddy and your whole family.’

Today Ashdown, from Normansland, Fairwarp, Uckfield, appeared via video link at Lewes Crown Court.

Dressed in a gray sweatshirt and trousers, he spoke only to confirm his name, address and age. He made no plea.

Aidan Harvey, who said psychiatric reports are being prepared in his frame of mind at that time.

Ashdown was remanded in custody and will then appear in court on August 3 to file a plea.

Marc was reported missing on Sunday in Uckfield, near the Kent-East Sussex border.

Marc, 18, from Uckfield, went to the Maresfield area on Saturday but had not been seen since he contacted his family to say he was on his way home.  Pictured: Forensics on site this week

Marc, 18, from Uckfield, went to the Maresfield area on Saturday but had not been seen since he contacted his family to say he was on his way home.  Pictured: Forensics on site this week

Marc, 18, from Uckfield, went to the Maresfield area on Saturday but had not been seen since he contacted his family to say he was on his way home. Pictured: Forensics on site this week

Over the weekend, search teams found a body in the woods around Heron's Ghyll . area

Over the weekend, search teams found a body in the woods around Heron's Ghyll . area

Over the weekend, search teams found a body in the woods around Heron’s Ghyll . area

Although the body has not yet been formally identified, detectives believe it is Marc's.  is

Although the body has not yet been formally identified, detectives believe it is Marc's.  is

Although the body has not yet been formally identified, detectives believe it is Marc’s. is

Ashdown, 19, was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday and subsequently charged with murder.

Ashdown, 19, was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday and subsequently charged with murder.

Marc, 18, went to Maresfield Recreation Ground in Uckfield on Saturday night, (pictured) where he is believed to have met a friend after calling his family to say he was on his way home

Search teams found a body late Tuesday night in the woods surrounding the Heron’s Ghyll area.

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

Ashdown, 19, was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday and then charged with murder in the early hours of yesterday.

Chief Inspector Emma Vickers said, “Our thoughts are with Marc’s family at this difficult time.

“They are supported by specially trained agents and we ask that their privacy is respected.

“This is a rapidly evolving study and we thank the public for their patience and understanding as we continue our work in the area.

“Anyone with information that may assist our investigation is urged to immediately notify us online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Skittle.”

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