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Court for Rocha kill charge
Police at the Parmelia property yesterday. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian

The man charged with murdering Helen Rocha after the missing woman's suspected remains were discovered in his backyard this week has appeared in court.

Keith Edward Earnshaw nodded to indicate that he understood the charge read against him which alleged he murdered Mrs Rocha on September 26 last year, the day she was last seen alive.

The 42-year-old Parmelia man was charged after police made a second visit to his Camfield Loop property on Monday.

Forensic officers had first searched his home in October while investigating the mother-of-two's disappearance in late September.

She was last seen leaving her Willagee home with a man in a white hatchback.

It is understood police will allege that Mr Earnshaw was the man who picked her up the day she vanished.

Mrs Rocha's husband Michael yesterday said it had been horrific not knowing what happened and, thought this week's discovery gave her family some closure, it was obviously not the news they had wanted.

Mr Earnshaw did not plead to the murder charge and his case was adjourned to February 26 in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court.

Two women came in support of Mr Earnshaw and watched the brief hearing but did not comment as they left court.

The West Australian

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