Body was found buried in roadworks off the Bedford Bypass
Two men have appeared in court in connection with the murder of a man who was found buried in roadworks off the Bedford Bypass.
The body of 43-year-old Zafar Khaliq was discovered by police officers last Thursday in roadworks off the A421 in Brogborough, close to Manor Farm.
He is believed to have died from a stab wound.
Wayne Grimes, 36, of Shirley Road in Abbots Langley, appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday charged with murder and preventing the lawful burial of a body.
He made no plea and was remanded in custody.
Kieran O'Brien, 29, of Peascroft Road in Hemel Hempstead, appeared alongside him accused of perverting the course of justice and preventing the lawful burial of the victim.
He also made no plea and was remanded in custody.
The pair will be brought back to court for a plea hearing on October 25.
A trial date was set for January 10 next year.
Mr Khaliq, from Haringey, was last seen alive on July 10, the day before the World Cup final, and was reported missing on July 15.
A 25-year-old woman from Borehamwood, a 41-year-old man from London, and a 64-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead, who were all arrested in connection with the murder, have been bailed until August 16 pending further enquiries.
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