Sussex

Body search widens in Gary Hampson murder probe

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

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a man from Brighton have searched 16 sites in Sussex in a bid to find his body.

The searches have been carried out in the Cowfold, Henfield and Bolney areas without success and an underwater search has also taken place.

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

Police said searches would continue elsewhere. Two arrests have been made.

Investigation continues

Officers were focusing on sites along the A23 corridor during the initial "scoping exercises", police said.

Det Ch Insp Jeff Riley, from Sussex Police's major crime branch, said: "Our searching as a result of this initial scoping exercise will be completed today.

"Our investigation into the death of Gary Hampson continues and scoping exercises are taking place now for other areas that may be searched for his body."

Detectives began a murder investigation after the discovery of Mr Hampson's blood at the garage where he worked in Brighton.

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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