POLICE have concluded a search for the body of timeshare salesman Kevin John Palmer.
The search was launched yesterday after new evidence came to light that suggested Mr Palmer’s body may have been buried in the garden of the disused former pub the Gordon Arms, in Gordon Road, Fareham.
Mr Palmer went missing on March 12, 1999 and police suspect that he may have been murdered.
Hampshire Constabulary called off the two-day search at 1.30pm today and confirmed they did not find Mr Palmer’s body at the pub.
Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: ‘The case is not closed, we will continue to review lines of enquiry. We have now concluded our search.
‘I can confirm nothing of significance has been found so this particular line of enquiry has now been closed.’
Mr Palmer went missing after a night out with friends, which saw him take a taxi from Abshot Country Club in Titchfield Common with two other men headed for Bishop’s Waltham.
Mr Palmer was 37 years old and had lived in Malaga, Spain with his wife and child for ten years before returning to England in the afternoon of March 12.
Det Supt Paul Barton said police would continue to search for Mr Palmer and that police had received fresh information from the public since reopening the case.
He added: ‘Gordon Road will now get back to some kind of normality.
‘We have had several calls from the community over the last two days. We are grateful for those and we will be investigating those further.
‘We appreciate that it was a long time ago but we are still keen to track down the taxi driver from that night.’
Mr Palmer’s family has been informed of the update by police.
Anyone with information should contact us police on 101 quoting Operation Arkholme.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.