A Halifax man has been remanded in custody after being charged with murdering his missing partner.
Adrian Muir, 50, is accused of murdering grandmother Pamela Jackson, 55, between March 2 and March 8 in Chester-le-Street, County Durham.
Police have been searching for Mrs Jackson, who was reported missing by her family last week.
Muir, who police said was from Calder Terrace, Copley, but of no fixed address, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.
He was remanded in custody following the bail hearing.
He will be back in court for a plea and directions hearing on June 11.
Mrs Jackson, who is also known as Cris or Crissie, does not drive and does not work due to health issues.
She is described as petite and is 5ft, slim, with very long black hair which is usually straight.
She has a black rose tattoo on her upper right arm and large Celtic-style letters on her upper left arm. She usually wears what is described as vintage-style clothing with rings and costume jewellery.
She has not been seen since the evening of Saturday March 2.
Durham Police said the alarm was raised by her son, who shares her three-bedroom, semi-detached house in The Crescent.
Originally from Newcastle, Mrs Jackson moved to the Chester-le-Street area around 12 years ago.
Anyone with information should contact the incident room by calling 101, or they can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.