Police investigating the murder of a 13-year-old girl in Southampton have bailed a man arrested on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child.
Stephen Nicholson 24-year-old man from Southampton has been bailed with conditions not to enter the Southampton area. It is understood that he has been bailed to an address in South Wales but remains in Custody on other charges
Police have confirmed that no other arrests have been made in connection with this investigation at this time.
Detectives are continuing to appeal for the public help as they investigate the circumstances of Lucy McHugh’s death and piece together what happened. Lucy’s body was found in woodland at the Sports Centre at 7.45am on Thursday 26 July.
It is known Lucy left her house in Mansel Road East at 9.30am on Wednesday 25 July and did not return home that evening as expected.
Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: “This investigation very much continues and we really need the help of the community to understand Lucy’s activity in the 24 hours before her body was found.
“We know that this is causing a great deal of concern locally, please be assured we are doing all we possibly can to bring whoever is responsible for Lucy’s death to justice.
“Speculation, particularly on social media, is not helpful and leads to further issues we need to manage. This detracts us from the murder investigation.
“We will update the community with as much information as we can without compromising the investigation, we really appreciate your support in this.”
When Lucy left her house she was wearing a distinctive black jacket with white sleeves, the logo for the band Falling in Reverse on the front and RADKE 01 in red on the back.
If you have any information, please contact us on 101, quoting reference number