A man has been arrested after the body of a former British model and actress who disappeared almost eight months ago was found in Hungary.

Eva Rhodes, 65, who appeared in a film by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the 1960s, had been missing since last September. Her battered body was found buried close to the animal shelter that she ran in Bony, northwest Hungary.

The 30-year-old man arrested on Tuesday worked at the shelter and was seen with Ms Rhodes on September 10, the day she vanished.

A spokesman for the Gyor-Sopron-Moson county police said the man had admitted the murder, after arguing with Ms Rhodes over his pay.

He struck her several times on the head and, after stealing money and her laptop, tried to burn Ms Rhodes’s body. When it began to rain, he buried the remains instead, the spokesman said.

Ms Rhodes’s sister, Judith Majlath, who lives in Vienna, was scathing about the police: “The investigation was a joke; at first they refused to accept they even needed to investigate.”

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