Two men have been remanded in custody at the Old Bailey accused of killing wealthy oil executive Carole Waugh.
Rakesh Bhayani, 40, and Nicholas Kutner, 47, were charged with murdering the 50-year-old, who disappeared from her central London home.
Miss Waugh's body was found with a single stab wound inside a car in a lock-up garage in Lime Court, New Malden, south-west London, on August 2.
Miss Waugh, originally from Durham, was reported missing by her family on May 7 and had not been seen since mid-April.
Unemployed Bhayani, of Chamberlayne Avenue, Wembley, north-west London, and Kutner, of no fixed address, made no application for bail.
They will appear again at the same court for a plea and case management hearing on November 22.
The pair also face separate fraud charges in relation to Miss Waugh and these are also expected to be dealt with at that hearing.