Page last updated at 20:30 GMT, Friday, 16 May 2008 21:30 UK

Body confirmed as make-up artist

Diane Chenery-Wickens
Diane Chenery-Wickens had not been seen since 24 January

A body discovered in woodland in East Sussex has been identified as that of missing make-up artist Diane Chenery-Wickens, 48.

She disappeared in January. Her body was found concealed close to a lane near her home on Thursday morning.

Mrs Chenery-Wickens was identified by dental records in a post-mortem test.

The cause of death has not yet been established. Sussex Police are continuing to question her 51-year-old husband David Chenery-Wickens.

A woman walking her dog found the body concealed near Worth Lane, Little Horsted, near Uckfield, about eight miles from the couple's home in Duddleswell.

Emmy Award

Mrs Chenery-Wickens worked for more than 20 years on BBC shows including Casualty and the League of Gentlemen.

She was also a make-up artist on Pride and Prejudice and won an Emmy award in 2000 for her work on Arabian Nights.

In 2003 she was nominated for a Bafta in the make-up and hair design category for her work on Dead Ringers, missing out to an artist from Little Britain.

Dead Ringers impressionist Jon Culshaw made a televised appeal for help in finding Mrs Chenery-Wickens days after she was reported missing by her husband on 24 January.

She was reported to have travelled to London for a meeting at the BBC, but never arrived.

Sussex Police said CCTV footage had failed to show any sign of her.

A police van outside the house of Diane Chenery-Wickens
Police carried out searches of the couple's home

Mr Chenery-Wickens had previously been arrested on suspicion of her murder and had his police bail extended to 30 May pending further inquiries.

In the past few months, specialist search teams have examined sites based on "specific information" in the 6,500-acre Ashdown Forest in East Sussex.

Searches have also taken place at the couple's country home and surrounding woodland.

Police said the area where the body was found had not been searched before in connection with Mrs Chenery-Wickens' disappearance but had been considered for examination.

Det Ch Insp Steve Johns, of Sussex Police's major crime branch, has appealed to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious near the lane where the body was found to come forward.

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