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Brighton woman bailed after Gary Hampson murder arrest

Gary Hampson
Image caption Gary Hampson was last seen collecting his daughter in January

A woman who was arrested on suspicion of murdering missing Sussex man Gary Hampson has been released.

Sussex Police said the 66-year-old woman was released pending further inquiries until 17 June.

Officers said the Brighton woman's home was searched and forensic examinations were carried out there.

Mr Hampson, 42, from Portslade, was last seen when he picked up his daughter at school in Brighton and dropped her off at her mother's house.

He did not live with his 10-year-old daughter but was a "devoted dad who saw his daughter three times a week without fail", police said in earlier appeals.

Underwater search

Detectives began a murder investigation after Mr Hampson's blood was discovered at the Brighton garage where he worked.

No body has been found yet during the investigation but a search is under way along the A281 corridor to the Sussex/Surrey border and into the area north of Cowfold.

Specialist search officers will continue to work in the area into next week.

An underwater search has also taken place.

Daniel Alexander, 61, of no fixed address, has been remanded in custody charged with Mr Hampson's murder.

A second man, Roy Bartup, 57, of Natal Road, Brighton, has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

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