A 47-year-old man questioned in connection with the disappearance of missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler was today released on police bail, detectives said.
The man, from Walton-on-Thames, Surrey – where the 13-year-old’s family lives - was arrested at 2pm yesterday after a call from a member of the public.
A Surrey Police spokeswoman said: “He’s now been released on police bail until a date in September, which hasn’t yet been fixed.”
The teenager, known as Milly, vanished while walking home from the station in the town on March 21 after catching a train with friends back from school in Weybridge.
She set off alone on the short walk home after calling her father Bob Dowler, 50, on a mobile phone to let him know she would be late. But she never arrived and her disappearance has baffled detectives.
Mr Dowler, an IT consultant, his 43-year-old wife Sally, a teacher, and her sister Gemma, 16, have been told by detectives that Milly is now almost certainly dead.
A 36-year-old man from Chertsey, Surrey, and a 52-year-old from nearby Ashford were arrested earlier this summer, but no charges were brought.
Police now believe that Milly was the victim of a chance abduction.