Man arrested in connection with murder of landlady is re-bailed by police

Deborah Steel

Deborah Steel - Credit: Archant

A 72-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the murder of missing Ely landlady Deborah Steel has been re-bailed

A 72-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the murder of missing Ely landlady Deborah Steel has been re-bailed.

The man, from Ely, was arrested last year after Cambridgeshire police’s major crime investigation unit decided to review the case.

The man answered bail on Wednesday and was subsequently re-bailed by officers until June 29 while investigations continue.

The move comes less than a week after police excavated the patio area outside the Royal Standard pub, in Fore Hill.


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Two other men who were arrested in connection with the murder of Ms Steel were released without charge earlier in the year.

The pair, aged 50 and 70, were told they would face no further action by officers when they answered bail at March police station.

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Ms Steel, 37, was the landlady of the Royal Standard, in Ely, when she disappeared on December 28, 1997.

Her body has not been found, despite repeated appeals from police and from her family.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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