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A Man Has Been Charged With The Murder Of YA Author Helen Bailey

The Electra Brown series author's body was found in the grounds of her home in Hertfordshire, on Friday. She had been missing since April.

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The partner of children's author Helen Bailey has been charged with her murder, police have said.

Hertfordshire police.

Ian Stewart, 55, was arrested on Monday, and was charged with murder after a body was found in the grounds of the couple's home in Royston, in Hertfordshire, on Friday.

Police later confirmed it was 51-year-old's Bailey's body, which was discovered along with the body of her dog, Boris.

Bailey was last seen in April. Stewart was also charged with perverting the course of justice for reporting Bailey missing, and for preventing lawful burial after hiding her body.

Stewart was charged with the crimes at Hatfield remand court on Saturday. He is due to appear before before St Albans crown court on Monday 18 July.

A post-mortem will be performed on Monday to establish the cause of Bailey's death. A search of their home continues.

“The searches, which resulted in the discovery, have been painstaking and more work will need to take place in the coming days," police said.

Bailey is best known for her teen fiction series Electra Brown, including popular titles, Life at the Shallow End, Out of my Depth, Swimming Against the Tide, Taking the Plunge, and Falling Hook, Line & Sinker.

In 2015, she published a memoir When Bad Things Happen in Good Bikinis, based on her Planet Grief blog, where she documented her life following the death of her husband John Sinfield who drowned while the couple were on holiday in Barbados in 2011.

Following the discovery of Bailey's body, a school friend, Mark, posted an entry on her blog titled, "Goodbye", inviting people to share their memories of the author in the comments section.

"Hoping that Helen is somewhere out there with her true love John to live their second life together. Thank you for the words Helen," one commenter, Benita wrote.

"Helen's words were a great comfort to me after losing my lovely husband suddenly," Jo wrote. "I wish Helen's family peace and strength in the knowledge that she was loved, admired and respected."

Claire Ramsden said that she had never commented on a website before but was so moved by Bailey's death that she chose to share her thoughts on the blog.

"I feel so much for the loss of Helen; she was 'there' for me in my darkest times when my husband died suddenly," she wrote.

"She gave you permission to laugh at the crazy stuff that happens to you when you are widowed.

"She said all those things that come into your head, and you don't feel strong enough to say yourself. It just feels so wrong that this has happened to her."

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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