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SA nurse murder accused faces court

AAP logoAAP 25/07/2016

A man accused of murdering outback nurse Gayle Woodford has made no application for bail during a brief court hearing.

Dudley Davey, 35, faced the Port Augusta Magistrates Court on Monday charged over the death of Ms Woodford, who went missing in March from her Fregon home where she worked in a community health clinic.

He was remanded in custody to face court again on September 26 after prosecutors requested more time to obtain forensic reports.

Supplied image obtained Friday, March 25, 2016 of missing South Australian health worker Gayle Woodford. © AAP Image Supplied image obtained Friday, March 25, 2016 of missing South Australian health worker Gayle Woodford. The body of Ms Woodford, 56, was found in a shallow roadside grave near Fregon three days after she was last seen on the state's Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

Around the time she went missing, an ambulance she used in her work drove away from her home and was intercepted by police several hours later at Coober Pedy after being tracked using its GPS data.

Davey was initially charged with theft in relation to allegedly taking the vehicle and was later also charged with murder after the discovery of the woman's body.

Ms Woodford's death sparked a major push to improve the safety of nurses working in remote communities with an online petition so far securing more than 132,000 signatures.

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