Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Kevin Palmer missing: Fareham pub garden dig concludes

Police at Gordon Arms
Image caption Police began investigating the pub garden on Monday

Police investigating the suspected murder of a man who disappeared 15 years ago have finished digging up the garden of a disused pub in Hampshire.

Kevin Palmer was in his 30s when he went missing on 12 March 1999, after a night out with friends.

Police said the search of Gordon Arms, in Gordon Road, Fareham, had concluded with "nothing significant" found.

They added media coverage around the search had led to a number of people coming forward with information.

Mr Palmer's immediate next-of-kin have been informed.

On Monday Hampshire Constabulary said a new line of inquiry had led the force to seal off the pub and search the grounds for human remains.

Image caption Kevin Palmer was last seen at the Abshot Country Club in March 1999

Open verdict

No current or former residents at the address are under suspicion.

Mr Palmer's disappearance happened shortly after he arrived in the UK from Spain, where he was living at the time.

The last known sighting of him was at the Abshot Country Club on the evening of 12 March, 1999.

It is thought he caught a taxi with two other men back to an address in Bishops Waltham.

En route, police believe Mr Palmer became involved in a fight with the other two passengers, before being left in Curbridge.

Det Supt Barton said he was still keen to trace the taxi driver from that night.

The force said one man was arrested in 2003 on suspicion of Mr Palmer's murder but later released because of insufficient evidence.

A second man was interviewed in Spain. A coroner recorded an open verdict on Mr Palmer's suspected death, after an inquest in 2009.

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