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Brighton man bailed in Gary Hampson murder inquiry

Gary Hampson
Image caption Gary Hampson was last seen when he collected his daughter from school in January

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering a missing Brighton father after traces of blood were found in a garage has been released on bail.

Sussex Police said the 48-year-old man, also from Brighton, had been released on bail until 11 May.

A murder inquiry was launched into the case of missing Gary Hampson, from Portslade, this week.

The 42-year-old was last seen in January when he picked his daughter up from her Brighton school.

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Detectives made an arrest after traces of blood were found at the garage in Little Western Street where Mr Hampson worked.

DNA tests confirmed the blood found was Mr Hampson's, Det Insp Phil Mays said.

Police are still trying to piece together Mr Hampson's last movements after his final sighting in January.

Mr Hampson, of Old Shoreham Road, picked up his daughter, who he did not live with, and took her home from school on 6 January.

Police said he frequently travelled to Liverpool by car and had planned to go to the city the next day, but officers had yet to confirm whether he went there as planned.

A missing person appeal was made earlier this month after Mr Hampson failed to make contact with his daughter on her 10th birthday.

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