Health officials have launched an investigation following the death of Eastbourne student Janet Müller earlier this month.
Miss Müller was reported missing from the psychiatric ward of Mill View Hospital, in Hove, at around 10.15pm on Thursday, March 12.
The 21-year-old’s body was found in the boot of a burning car in Ifield at around 2.30pm the following day (Friday, March 13).
A spokesperson for the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, “We would like to express our thoughts and sympathies to the family involved. We are working closely with the police and have launched our own investigation into how a person under our care was able to leave the hospital.”
Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, a 26-year-old man from Beckenham, London, appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday, March 19 charged with murder. He was remanded in custody to appear before the court again on April 9.
A 30-year-old man from London was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. He was released on bail until April 15.
A 34-year-old woman from Dulwich, south-east London, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. She was released on bail until March 30.
Police continue to appeal for any information that could help in their investigation, including anyone who may have seen Janet leaving the hospital or walking in the area, or anyone who saw a grey Volkswagen Jetta being driven in and around the area of Rusper Road, in Ifield.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Sussex Police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Operation Madeira or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.