An investigation into the whereabouts of missing X Factor star Levi Davis has been closed just days before the first anniversary of his disappearance.
The popular 24-year-old singer and rugby player was last seen leaving an Irish pub in Barcelona on October 29 after traveling to the city alone from Ibiza.
Officials in the Spanish city confirmed that the judicial investigation into the missing rugby player has been closed.
Judicial sources have described the suspension as “interim” and the police investigation remains open but inactive.
The shocking decision to halt the ongoing judicial investigation is believed to have been taken after the police search ended.
A judge then received a report from the Spanish Coast Guard detailing what had been done so far to find Levi.
Divers searched the waters in Barcelona harbor in May – but found no evidence.
Police confirmed at the time that their leading theory was that Levi drowned after crew members spotted a man screaming for help in the sea – the same day he went missing.
A source said: “The legal proceedings conducted by the Instructional Court Number Seven in Barcelona have been temporarily archived.”
Another insider admitted that although the case is currently resting in court, it could be reopened if new evidence comes to light.
“The suspension is a form of protection from the deadlines that exist in such cases and must ultimately be closed permanently,” they said.
“As things currently stand, the judicial investigation can be resumed if relevant new information becomes known.”
The judicial stay does not affect the Spanish police investigation, which remains open and ongoing – although currently considered inactive.
It comes just days before the anniversary of Levi’s disappearance, as he was last seen leaving The Old Irish pub on October 29 last year.
The star’s disappearance sparked several theories, from his drowning to his “voluntary” disappearance due to a £100,000 debt to a Somali gang.
After spending two weeks in Ibiza with his boyfriend, the rugby star had taken a boat from Ibiza with just £35 in his pocket and no change of clothes.
He arrived in Barcelona and was seen walking along Las Ramblas before his trail disappeared.
Levi’s disappearance was not reported to police at the time and his passport was only found days later near a cargo load at the port.
The case was investigated by a group of officers at Barcelona police station before being handed over to a specialized investigative unit in February.
A spokesman for Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan regional police, said: “Our investigation remains open.”
But police declined our interview requests and said they could not share information about whether there was an active investigation.
Local sources said Levi’s family was being kept updated by British consular officials.
Levi’s mother, Julie Davis, revealed in April that she had been told by Catalan police that she believed a man had been discovered in sea trouble by the crew of a docked cruise ship.
A lifebuoy was thrown to him and the coast guard in Barcelona mobilized its helicopter called Helimer 203 and a ship called Salvamar Mintaka.
Officials initially insisted that the drowning was only “a subject of investigation” and that others had not been ruled out.
Dismayed, Julie criticized the delay in releasing information about the cruise ship and described Spanish police as “slow”.
Investigators told Levi’s family they discovered that his phone signal was last received in the early hours of Oct. 30 by a telephone pole at the far end of the harbor, closest to the sea entrance.
It was previously believed that his mobile phone, which had not been used since his disappearance, was last pinged near the main train station in the city of Sants.
Levi played Premiership Rugby Union for Bath between 2017 and 2020 before moving to Ealing Trailfinders. A year later he signed with the Worthing Raiders.
The rugby player turned reality star appeared on X Factor: Celebrity in 2019 alongside fellow rugby players Ben Foden and Thom Evans as part of the group Try Star.
In 2020, he appeared on the E4 dating series Celebs Go Virtual Dating and became the first rugby union player to come out as bisexual.
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At the time of his disappearance, Levi was taking a break in Europe after being ruled out of rugby by a knee injury.
Friend Richard Squire, who officially reported him missing to police in Barcelona after his family informed West Midlands Police, described his decision to leave Ibiza as “sudden”.