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Gary Hampson murder police hunt for car in Sussex

Gary Hampson
Image caption Gary Hampson was last seen dropping his daughter off at her mother's house

Detectives investigating the murder of missing Sussex man Gary Hampson are trying to trace the owner of a car seen at his Brighton garage.

Mr Hampson, 42, from Portslade, was last seen dropping his daughter off at her mother's house on 6 January.

Sussex Police began an inquiry after Mr Hampson's blood was found at Kops Cars garage in Little Western Street, Brighton. His body has not been found.

Officers are trying to trace the owner of a red Ford Mondeo seen at the site.

"I am appealing for the owners of cars that were left at the garage during January this year to make contact with us," Det Ch Insp Jeff Riley said.

"We have identified a number of vehicles and already spoken to the owners, but we are particularly interested in tracing a red Ford Mondeo that was seen at the garage during January.

"We are continuing to search methodically for Gary's body at selected locations around the A281 north of Cowfold. We are expected to cross the border and concentrate searching in Surrey on Thursday."

Court appearances

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.

A 48-year-old man and a woman, aged 66, both from Brighton who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on police bail.

A 25-year-old man from Brighton who was held on suspicion of assisting an offender has also bailed.

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