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Murder case police end Gary Hampson body search

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

Police investigating the disappearance of a Sussex man have ended their search of parts of Sussex and Surrey for his body.

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

Sussex Police began a murder inquiry after his blood was found at Kops Cars garage in Brighton where he worked, although his body has not been found.

Daniel Alexander, 61, of no fixed address, is charged with his murder.

He is also charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, along with Roy Bartup, 57, of Natal Road, Brighton. Both are in custody awaiting trial.

Officers have searched several locations including sites near the A281 north of Cowfold near Horsham, Dunsfold, a stretch of the River Adur between Henfield and Cowfold, and a number of ponds.

'Comprehensive search'

Det Ch Insp Jeff Riley said: "In the search for Gary Hampson's body, specialist search team officers have scoped and searched a number of locations in Sussex and Surrey.

"As standard good practice a national search adviser and geographical profiler from the National Police Improvements Agency (NPIA) have reviewed the scoping exercise to determine if further sites should be searched.

"They've now completed that review and believe the search conducted by us was comprehensive and they did not identify further areas for us to search."

He added: "We have had information that he may be on farmland and that information has formed part of our scoping exercise and search strategy.

"The investigation continues and should we receive further information we will actively consider it as part of our investigation."

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