Man charged on suspicion of murdering University of Brighton student found in burnt out car in West Sussex

Janet Müller. Pic: West Sussex Police

Janet Müller. Pic: West Sussex Police

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman who was discovered in the boot of a burnt out car in West Sussex.

Christopher Raymond Jeffrey-Shaw, 26, from Lakeside, Beckenham, originally reported as being from Lewisham, has been charged on suspicion of murdering Janet Müller, a 21-year-old student who studied at the University of Brighton.

The body of Müller was found in a burnt out car in Rusper Road, Ifield on March 13, shortly after 2.30pm. Müller had been reported missing from Mill View Hospital in Hove the day before.

West Sussex police said the cause of death was smoke inhalation.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “Specially trained officers are supporting Janet’s family at this extremely difficult time.

“Although we have charged a man with murder, I am appealing for information from anyone who may have seen Janet on Thursday night, 12 March. She was last seen at Mill View at 10.15pm.”

“If anyone saw her leaving the hospital or walking in the area, we need to hear from you.”

Müller was of mixed race, slim, 5′ 7’’ with shoulder length dark brown afro hair and brown eyes. She was wearing dark clothing.

Sussex Police have urged anyone with any information to contact them on 101 or email quoting Operation Madeira.

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