Police Charge Man With The Murder Of 'Popular' Nurse Gayle Woodford

26/03/2016 5:42 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

Police have charged a 36-year-old man with murder after the body of missing nurse Gayle Woodford was found in a shallow grave in outback South Australia.

The alleged killer, from the remote community of Mimili, had earlier been charged with the theft of the ambulance Mrs Woodford used for work.

Woodford's body was located on Saturday about 1.5 kilometres east of Fregon in the state's far-north.

The area is currently under police guard and forensic response investigators are examining the scene.

Woodford, 56, drove the local ambulance and had not been seen since Wednesday night.

A GPS fitted to the vehicle tracked the ambulance left Fregon just after midnight, in the early hours of Thursday morning, and travelled to Mimili. It was intercepted by police on Thursday morning at 10:30am in Coober Pedy.

Two men and a woman were in the ambulance when police intervened.

Woodford has been remembered by colleagues as a popular person and highly competent nurse.

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