Police arrest murder suspect

March 20, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a fitness instructor who  went missing over two weeks ago, it has emerged.

Donavan Van-Lill, 29, who is South African, failed to turn up for work on 3  March and has not been seen since.

Concerned friends have organised night-time searches in his hometown of  Chippenham, Wilts., and set up a Facebook group with more than 16,000  members.

On Friday afternoon a 41-year-old man was arrested by police on suspicion  of Donavan’s murder and he is currently being held in custody for   questioning.

A spokesman for Wiltshire police said: ”On Friday afternoon a 41-year-old  Chippenham man was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Donavan van  Lill.

”He is currently in custody at Melksham police station awaiting interview by  detective officers.

”In view of these developments and the current state of the inquiry there will  be no interviews with officers at the present time.

”As a result of this arrest there will be continued police activity in the  Chippenham area over the coming weekend.”

Donavan was reported missing after he did not turn up for work at The  Olympiad Leisure Centre in Chippenham, Wilts., at 2pm on March 3.

Police searched his home and found that he had disappeared without his  wallet, ID, car or money, and also discovered that his bank account had not  been used.

More than 40 officers joined the investigation with many carrying out  door-to-door enquiries before a 41-year-old Chippenham man was arrested  on Friday afternoon.

Donavan is described by polie as white and stocky with short dark hair.  He  has a dragon tattoo on his abdomen and may be wearing a dark duffle coat  and white trainers.

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