The absence of Corbyn smears for that length of time was very out of character for the Mail, according to police spokesman Edwin Wallis.
“Less than a day ago Mail reporters were smearing Jeremy Corbyn as usual, calling him a migrant lover, Maoist, and terrorist sympathiser. But today not even a disparaging tweet. It’s baffling” said Wallis.
Wallis said police had an open mind, and pursued all lines of inquiry no matter how far-fetched they seemed.
“We even looked into whether the absence of Corbyn smears was due to Mr Dacre getting a conscience, but we soon ruled that out” said Wallis.
“The reality is Mr Dacre is likely dead, but we mustn’t get our hopes up.”