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A killer who murdered his 15-year-old niece has been refused release by a parole board.

Danielle Jones was last seen at around 8am on June 18, 2001, leaving her home in East Tilbury, Essex, to catch a bus to school.

In December 2002, her uncle, Stuart Campbell, was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and murder.

Danielle Jones was a schoolgirl when her uncle kidnapped and killed her (Essex Police/Pennsylvania)

A spokesman for the Parole Board said in comments published by The Sun: “We can confirm that a team from the Parole Board has refused to release Stuart Campbell following a review of the documents.”

The panel also declined to recommend opening the prison, the spokesman said.

The spokesman added: “The Parole Board’s decisions focus solely on the risk a prisoner may pose to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.”

“A team will scrutinize the body of evidence, including details of the original crime and any evidence of behavioral change, and explore the harm and impact of the crime on the victim.

“The parole review is conducted thoroughly and with the utmost care. The protection of the public is our top priority.”

In 2019, Danielle’s mother, Linda Jones, said she did not want Campbell to be released from prison if he did not reveal where her body was.

She said she supported the Helen Act, named after murdered Helen McCourt, which aims to prevent parole for killers who refuse to reveal the location of their victims’ bodies.

A spokeswoman for the Parole Board confirmed in November that Campbell’s case had been referred to them.

In 2017, Essex Police officers dug up garages near the home where Danielle’s killer had lived, believing her body might be buried there.

But after five days of searching, there was still no trace of her.

“Sadly, we were unable to end the pain they (Danielle’s family) continue to experience and we have no way of knowing Danielle’s whereabouts,” the force said at the time.