A man arrested and later bailed by detectives investigating the disappearance of 14-year-old Alice Gross has today (Tuesday, 16 September) been released with no further action. The 25-year old man [A] was arrested on Saturday, 6 September on suspicion of murder.
A 51-year-old man [B] who was arrested by officers in Hanwell on Sunday, 7 September was released with no further action on Monday, 8 September.
All lines of enquiry are still open and this remains a missing person investigation at this stage. We are not prepared to discuss further.
Detectives investigating the disappearance of 14-year-old Alice Gross will be using tonight’s Crimewatch appeal to ask for the public’s help.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers will be live in the studio using CCTV images to show Alice’s last known movements on Thursday, 28 August, between 1300hrs when she left home and 1626hrs when she walked along Trumpers Way, towards Hanwell.
Despite numerous public appeals as yet detectives have no confirmed sightings of Alice after 1626hrs that day.
Alice is white, 5ft 2 ins tall and of very slim build with shoulder-length, light brown hair. When she left home that day she was wearing dark blue jeans and a grey top, and tartan framed glasses. She was carrying a dark rucksack, and wearing denim blue ‘Vans’ shoes, these shoes were in her rucksack when it was found by police on 2 September.
Detective Chief Inspector Chalmers said: “Over two weeks ago now Alice left home, just as normal, and went for a walk. She has not been seen since.
“The response so far from the public has been great, but as yet we have no confirmed sightings of Alice after 1630hrs that day.
“I am really keen to trace Alice’s phone, which I know has not been used since late afternoon on the day she was last seen. It is white iPhone 4S, with distinctive cracked rear case that Alice had decorated with marker pen. If you saw, or currently have Alice’s phone please get in touch.
“A couple have come forward to tell us that they saw Alice’s bag on the evening of Thursday, 28 August, at about 2015hrs, on the footpath that runs besides the River Brent between Hanwell Bridge and the Grand Union Canal. They didn’t move the bag or look inside it. The bag was seen close to where the builders saw it on the following day but the bag was on the path rather than in the undergrowth. So I’m continuing to ask for anyone else who may have seen Alice’s rucksack between this time and when officers found it on 2 September.
“Alice’s family are devastated. They think about her constantly. If you have any information that can help us bring Alice back to her family, no matter how small or trivial it may seem to you, please call us.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the investigation team on 020 8358 0100, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.