Joanna Murder Suspect Released On Police Bail

(ITN)

Bristol landlord Chris Jefferies, who was being questioned by detectives investigating the murder of Joanna Yeates, has been released on police bail.

Detectives had been holding Mr Jefferies since he was arrested on Thursday at the building in Canynge Road, Clifton, where he and the 25-year-old both lived.

Police originally had until 7pm on Friday to question him but had been granted a further extension by magistrates.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "A 65-year-old man has been released on police bail pending further inquires."

The development came hours after Ms Yeates' family said how much they missed her in a statement read out on their behalf by a family liaison officer.

They said that Jo had been "stolen" from them but were confident that her killer would be caught.

In a statement read out by DC Emma Davies, they said time had had "no meaning" for the family since they found out that Jo had gone missing, saying their "lives stopped from the moment we knew Jo was missing".

Finding out what had happened had made it easier for them to deal with the situation, they said.

The statement added: "We will always miss the presence which came with her, hearing her voice, her lightness, and standing back with pride watching her grow through life."

The family added that they had been overawed by the support they had received following Jo's death.

The statement concluded: "She was a beautiful and talented young lady who was destined to fly high. Her life was stolen from her and she was stolen from us."

A statement from boyfriend Greg Reardon was also read out.

In it, he said that Jo was a woman who was beautiful in "mind, body and soul".

In his statement, Mr Reardon also attacked some of the reporting of Jefferies' arrest.
ITN