Tia Sharp: Dead body was hidden in black bag and dumped in loft

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The body of Tia Sharp was discovered wrapped in a bed-sheet and tucked inside a black bin bag, Police have revealed.

It was then carefully kept in the house loft where unsuspicious detectives, who had searched for the body for one week later discovered her body on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Stuart Hazell, Tia’s grandmum’s boyfriend charged with the murder of 12-year-old Tia Sharp, has appeared in court

The 37-year-old accused of the murder is the boyfriend of Tia’s grandmother.

Stuart  appeared via videolink at Camberwell Green magistrates court in south London on Monday and was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

The magistrates hearing came as it was revealed that Tia’s body was found in the loft of the house that Hazell shared with the girl’s grandmother, Christine Sharp, in Croydon.

Her body, which has not yet been formally identified, was discovered on Friday. Tia was first reported missing on August 3, sparking a mass search operation.

Ms Sharp, 46, has been released on bail following her arrest on suspicion of murder.

In court, Hazell sounded emotional as he spoke from a room in Sutton police station to confirm his name and date of birth.

His voice cracked when he was asked to confirm his address, The Lindens, New Addington, south London, the address where Tia’s body  was found dead.

No plea was entered to the charge and no relatives appeared at court.