Police investigating the disappearance of Richey Edwards believe it is unlikely he is in Goa, India.
The Metropolitan Police said they were considering new avenues of investigation following a statement from college lecturer Vyvyan Morris earlier this month that he had seen Edwards in Goa on November 6.
Police interviewed Morris on March 3, but on Thursday, March 13, a police spokesman said that they would not be carrying the Goa lead any further. However, they have not ruled out the possibility that Edwards is still alive.
The spokesman said: "Richey Edwards left behind his passport when he disappeared and we have now established that no replacement passport has been issued in his name. He cannot have travelled to Goa under his own name.
Police checks are continuing with the Indian immigration authorities, but if he's got there under a false identity, it would be very difficult to track him down. Nobody from the Met has gone out there, nor would they. If it was a murder inquiry or something major, then yes. But if it's just a missing person, it can't be done."
The spokesman concluded: "I think the Goa angle will now be moved to the back burner."
Richey went missing from a London hotel on February 1, 1995, and there have been no confirmed sightings of him since.
[Originally published: New Musical Express, 22 March 1997]