UPDATE: Family appeal in ‘murdered’ dad case

Gary Hampson's daughter's letter
Gary Hampson's daughter's letter

THE 10-year-old daughter of Gary Hampson has written a heartfelt letter to her dad for father’s day.

Police have been searching countryside around Horsham looking for signs of the Brighton dad’s body.

Detectives hope in releasing the letter, someone will come forward and provide the vital information that will lead them to the location of Gary’s body, bringing much needed peace for his daughter and other family members.

In a direct appeal to associates of Gary Hampson’s killers, Detective Chief Inspector Jeff Riley said: “You can help end the search for Gary’s body and bring much needed peace to a young girl who misses her dad. Any information you give, however insignificant it might seem, could lead to solving the last piece of the puzzle of this tragic incident. If you wish to remain anonymous, the information you provide to Crimestoppers will be in complete confidence. Please call the independent charity immediately on 0800 555 111.”

Specialist officers have been offering support to Gary’s daughter and her mother, Kelly, who said: “Gary is at the forefront of our minds and it is an extremely difficult time for all the family, including Gary’s family in Liverpool. With father’s day only a few days away it is particularly difficult for our daughter, as it will be the first time in ten years they will be spending the day apart. She is a ten-year-old girl who saw her daddy three times a week without fail. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be, yet she has been so brave and courageous.

“It is a parent’s worse nightmare to watch their child go through such a traumatic event, it’s truly heartwrenching. She frequently writes to her dad and writes about him to express her emotions and it is helping her to cope with the difficulty of the situation. She’s happy for people to read her letter, as she wants to do something to help find daddy.”

In the letter to her dad, Gary’s daughter writes:

“If you came back for just five minutes I would tell you...

1. I wish I could say goodbye,

2. I love you,

3. I miss you,

4. How did you die?

5. I love you to Care Bear land and back,

6. I miss all your funny voices,

7.I bought you a popping plant,

8. I miss all your cuddles,

9. I wish my nightmares would go away,

10. I wish somebody could help me find you,

11. Wherever you are I hope you are happy,

12. I wish I could see your blue eyes again,

13. Happy father’s day,

14. Mannamanoo that’s between me and you - love Daddy from Laa Laa.”

Daniel Alexander, 61, of no fixed address, has been charged with his murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Roy Bartup, 57, of Natal Road, Brighton, has been charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice. They remain in custody awaiting trial.

A 48-year-old man from Brighton arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed until Wednesday 25 May has been rebailed until Monday 20 June. A 66-year-old Brighton woman arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until Wednesday 27 July. A 25-year-old man from Brighton, arrested on 9 May on suspicion of assisting an offender was bailed until Wednesday 13 July.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting Operation Jubilee or call Sussex Police on 0800 555 111.