POLICE are set to scale down their search for the body of missing businessman David Guilfoyle because they "don't know where else to look".
Shane Fitzpatrick, 35, of Lyndale Road, Hapton, has been charged with the murder of Mr Guilfoyle and will appear at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday 2 November.
But no body has ever been found.
Speaking to the Observer this week, the officer leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Steve Brunskill, said: "The inquiry team is still working away but we have come to an end with the search as we don't know where else to look.
"Within the next couple of weeks I will be reducing the number of officers on the team and a case for the court hearing is being prepared."
Mr Guilfoyle, a 37-year-old father-of-one, went missing on Wednesday 25 May after watching the Champions' League final between Liverpool and AC Milan at the Grey Horse pub, Whalley Road, Accrington, with friends.
He has not been since leaving the pub at around 10.30pm.
After forensic examination of Mr Guilfoyle's £230,000 bungalow on Royds Avenue, Accrington, revealed bloodstains, police with sniffer dogs carried out an extensive search of woodland and moors in Hyndburn and Hapton but to no avail.
Mr Guilfoyle's daughter, Sammy Feeley, 15, of Lime Road, Accrington, made an emotional plea at a press conference in a desperate attempt to find her dad.