Orelia man David Napier (53) appeared in court on murder charge

Forensic police searched the Calista unit.
Forensic police searched the Calista unit.

A 53-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with murder and interfering with a corpse in relation to the disappearance of Calista man Richard Andrews (70).

Orelia man David John Napier appeared in custody this morning in Rockingham Magistrates Court.

Asked if he understood the charge of murdering the 70-year-old on August 4 at Calista, and interfering with the corpse, Mr Napier said he did.

He was not required to plea.

Mr Napier was remanded in custody and is due to appear in Stirling Gardens on October 5.

It is believe the pair were known to each other.

Mr Andrews had not been seen for about a month.

Detectives set up a forensic search at his unit on Harrison Way on Monday.