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Man no longer wife murder suspect

Kate Prout
The inquiry into Mrs Prout's disappearance remains active

The husband of a missing Gloucestershire woman is no longer suspected of her murder, police have confirmed.

Kate Prout, 56, disappeared on 5 November 2007 from her farm at Redmarley in the Forest of Dean.

Adrian Prout, 46, was arrested that month on suspicion of her murder. He was arrested again in February 2008.

He has not been charged with any offence. He was due to answer police bail on Friday but has been released.

Inquiry active

Diane Bellamy, 48, from Bisley, Eric Woolley, 60, the landlord of the village's Rose and Crown pub, and a 43-year-old man from Lydney, were all arrested during the course of the investigation.

None have been charged and all had their bail cancelled in 2008.

At the height of the police inquiry there were more than 100 officers involved in both the search for Mrs Prout and in following up a number of different leads.

Fields close to the farm were dug up before the search moved to Dursley, 25 miles away from her home, where residents said they were questioned about water pipes laid at the time of her death.

Acting Det Supt Neil Kelly, the senior investigating officer in the case, said: "The investigation into Mrs Prout's disappearance and suspected death remains active and is continuing, and will do so for the foreseeable future."

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