US News Two arrested on suspicion of murdering missing teenager

05:50  14 november  2017
05:50  14 november  2017 Source:   Press Association

Hundreds join search for Gaia Pope in countryside

  Hundreds join search for Gaia Pope in countryside Hundreds of people have joined the search for missing teenager Gaia Pope, scouring countryside and coastline in Dorset. Her father Richard Sutherland has been part of the search and has thanked members of the public who have been helping in the area around Swanage.Gaia, who has severe epilepsy, has been missing for 11 days, and clothes belonging to the 19-year-old were found on Thursday in a field near cliffs.Standing on a rock and speaking to crowds in Durlston Country Park, Mr Sutherland said: "I just want to say a massive thank you for coming out.

The family of missing teenager Becky Watts have had their worst fears confirmed after police announced they were now treating her disappearance as a murder investigation. “This afternoon, they have been further arrested on suspicion of the murder of Rebecca Watts.

MISSING : Rebecca Watts,16, went missing earlier this month from her dad's home [PA/SWNS]. A 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of her kidnap and were further arrested on suspicion of her murder today, police said.

Gaia Pope: Police are searching for missing Gaia Pope (Dorset Police/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Police are searching for missing Gaia Pope (Dorset Police/PA)

Detectives have arrested a man and woman on suspicion of murdering a teenager who has not been seen for nearly a week.

Dorset Police said a 19-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman were arrested in connection with the disappearance of Gaia Pope.

The teenager, from Langton Matravers, was staying at an address in Swanage when she disappeared on the afternoon of November 7.

Searches took place at two addresses in Swanage and the man and woman were arrested. Police said they were both known to Gaia.

The last reported sighting of the teenager was at an address in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road at around 4pm on November 7. She was said to be wearing a red checked shirt with white buttons, grey and white woven leggings and white trainers.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Devoto, who is leading the investigation, said: “It has been almost a week since Gaia’s last confirmed sighting and she has not been seen or heard from since.

“We have looked through CCTV that covers the Swanage area, including transport hubs, and there is nothing to suggest she has left the area.

“Her disappearance is completely out of character and, following our extensive inquiries, we sadly now believe that she may have come to harm. We have not yet found Gaia and our searches will continue.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information about her disappearance to please contact Dorset Police. Our specially-trained officers have updated Gaia’s family and are supporting them at this very difficult time.”

Search efforts will continue and have been ongoing since Tuesday in the Swanage area.

Investigations have also involved CCTV and house-to-house inquiries.

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Missing Gaia's mum: 'Miracles can happen' .
The mother of missing Gaia Pope says 'miracles can happen', as a man arrested on suspicion of her murder is released from custody. The 49-year-old male suspect is from the Swanage area and is believed to be known to the teenager, who has not been seen for more than a week.Dorset Police revealed news of the arrest on Thursday - the third to be made on suspicion of murder following the arrests of a 71-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, both of whom were also known to Gaia and were released under investigation earlier this week.


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