Lewis Ashdown from Fairwarp appears at Lewes Crown Court charged with the murder of Marc Williams
Mr Ashdown appeared via video-link and only spoke to confirm his name and date of birth.
The case is now adjourned with a hearing on 3 August for a plea and trial preparation. The trial is expected to start in January 2022.
A body was found late on Tuesday night in woodland near Herons Ghyll which was confirmed as Marc late on Thursday night (3 June)
Marc went to the Maresfield area on Saturday evening (29 May). He called his family about 11.30pm to say he was on his way home but never returned.
Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers said: “Our thoughts remain with Marc’s family at this difficult time. His family are being supported by specially trained officers and we ask that their privacy is respected.
“This is a fast-moving enquiry and we thank the public for their patience and understanding as we continue to carry out our work in the area.
“Anyone with information that may assist with our investigation is urged to report it to us immediately online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Skittle.”