NSW man charged after woman's body found

Luke Costin

A man has been charged with murder after the body of his 18-year-old girlfriend was found in the NSW town of Maitland.

Jordan Brodie Miller, 20, was arrested in the front yard of a home in Metford about 1.30am on Saturday.

Police then discovered the body of Emerald Wardle inside.

Nine News said Miller, who still lived with his parents, had been heard screaming by neighbours and would undergo mental health tests.

"(He) was out in the front yard and there was a short scuffle prior to him being arrested," Detective Inspector Ranald Urquhart told reporters.

Miller was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Sunday.