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Second Alice Gross murder suspect is released on bail

By PA Reporters

A second man held on suspicion of murdering missing schoolgirl Alice Gross has been released, police have said.

The 25-year-old who was arrested on Saturday has been bailed until mid-September by detectives who were granted more time on Monday to question him, Scotland Yard said.

A 51-year-old arrested by officers on Sunday in the teenager's home area of Hanwell, west London, was released on Monday and will face no further action,

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "All lines of inquiry are still open and this remains a missing person investigation at this stage."

Alice, who has anorexia, went missing nearly two weeks ago after she went out and failed to return home.

The 14-year-old was last seen by her family at 1pm on August 28, and was captured on CCTV at 4.23pm that day walking along the Grand Union Canal near her home.

Specialist police divers have been combing the west London waterway where she was last spotted. Sniffer dog handlers with a golden Labrador have taken to the canal on a red dinghy to scan it for evidence.

Police have scoured hundreds of hours of CCTV footage and carried out extensive searches using specialist officers in the hunt for the missing schoolgirl.

Police said they were "especially concerned" as Alice has not been well recently.

Officers are also urging anyone who may have befriended Alice while on a song-writing workshop at the Camden Roundhouse to come forward.

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