A Basildon MP has praised Essex Police for acting "so diligently" and charging a man with murder in connection with the disappearance of a young mum.

A man has appeared in court today charged with murder in connection with the investigation into the disappearance of Madison Wright.

Gary Bennett, 36, of Caister Drive, Pitsea appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court today as he was told he is charged with murder.

Madison Wright, 30, from Pitsea, went missing on July 22 .An investigation into her disappearance was launched by Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate and on Friday an arrest was made.

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Yesterday, officers charged Bennett with murder as they continue their enquiries into Madison’s disappearance.

Reacting to the news this morning, Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, said: "My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Madison Wright.

"Devastating news - my sincere condolences.

"Glad Essex Police have acted so diligently and charged someone."

On Saturday a body was discovered at Wat Tyler Country Park in Pitsea.

Essex Police says the formal identification process is yet to take place but Madison’s family have been informed of the development and continue to be supported by specialist detectives.