Detectives have named two Brighton men they want to interview in the hunt for a missing man who is thought to have been murdered.
They say that Dan Alexander, 60, of no fixed address, and Roy Bartup, 57, of Natal Road, Brighton, may hold vital information about the disappearance of Gary Hampson.
The pair are pictured below.
Mr Hampson, 42, of Old Shoreham Road, Portslade, vanished in January despite previously having been in regular contact with his daughter, who turned 10 earlier this month.
Alexander, a former mechanic, is suspected of helping to carry out an armed robbery in an off-licence in Norfolk Terrace in January.
Detective Inspector Phil Mays said: “There are a number of people we would like to speak to who knew Gary very well, including ex-business partner Dan Alexander and his friend Roy Bartup.
“I am appealing directly to Roy and Dan and to anyone who may have seen them to contact police immediately.
“Any information, however insignificant it may seem, could help solve the mystery of Gary’s disappearance and bring long-awaited relief to his family.”
Mr Hampson was reported missing in January and his disappearance was initially treated as a missing persons inquiry.
Detectives are now conducting a murder investigation after the discovery of Mr Hampson’s blood at the garage he managed in Little Western Street, Brighton.
Kelly, 32, the mother of Mr Hampson’s daughter, has made an emotional appeal for information.
She said: “Our daughter cherishes her dad and misses him every day.
“For a young girl who adores her father to hear the news her dad may not be coming home is heartbreaking.
“Please, for my daughter and Gary’s family, tell police any information you may have that will help us find Gary. Someone must know something.”
A 48-year-old-man from Brighton has been arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail until Wednesday 11 May.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 6070999 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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