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Friday, 17 August, 2001, 17:53 GMT 18:53 UK
Danielle police question uncle
Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones has been missing for eight weeks
Police investigating the disappearance of Essex teenager Danielle Jones have spent the day questioning her uncle Stuart Campbell.

The 15-year-old from East Tilbury, disappeared on 18 June after leaving her home to catch a school bus.

Stuart Campbell, a 43-year-old builder from Grays, was arrested early on Friday morning at his home and taken to Harlow police station.

Essex police searching the building site
Police could spend weeks searching a building site

Later officers began a search of his home and seized a blue van.

Police - who are continuing to search a building site near Danielle's home - admitted it was "very unusual" for a person to be held on suspicion of murder before a body was found.

Mr Campbell can be held without charge for 24 hours after which police will have to apply for an extension.

That would then allow them to question him for a total of 96 hours.

Bone fragments

Detectives began sifting through rubble and demolishing house foundations at the site in Grays on Thursday, after receiving "significant" new information.

Linda and Tony Jones
Danielle's parents have made appeals for help
A team of 12 officers spent Thursday breaking up the concrete foundations of one of the half-built houses.

They combed the area the area with rakes to unearth any evidence.

Soil samples and small fragments of bone and clothing have been sent away for analysis.

But police said Mr Campbell's arrest was not linked to any discoveries made at the one-acre site.

The search is expected to take several weeks.

BBC Crime Correspondent Stephen Cape
"He was brought out of his home under a blanket"
Essex Police press release
"There was nothing found in the search yesterday that lead to the arrest today"
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