Dorset police arrest two people over missing teenager Gaia Pope
UK news Dorset police arrest two people over missing teenager Gaia Pope
A 71-year-old woman and 19-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murdering Gaia Pope, 19, who went missing last week
Detectives have arrested two people on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a vulnerable 19-year-old woman who went missing from the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset a week ago.
A 71-year-old woman and 19-year-old man, who were both known to the missing woman, Gaia Pope, are bein g questioned by officers.
Searches are continuing to try to find Pope, who is from the village of Langton Matravers on the Isle of Purbeck and was staying at an address in nearby Swanage when she disappeared on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 November. She suffered from epilepsy and is believed to have vanished without her medication.
Search warrants took place at two addresses in Swanage on Monda. The two people arrested have not been named but are from the Swanage area.
Hundreds of local people have helped the police, coastguards and other expert search and rescue teams look for the missing woman.
Investigations have also involved house-to-house inquiries and vehicle stop checks.
Senior investigating officer Neil Devoto, of Dorset policeâs major crime investigation team, said the last reported sighting of Pope was at an address in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road at about 4pm on 7 November. She was said to be wearing a red checked shirt with whit e buttons, grey and white woven leggings and white trainers.
He said: âWe 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.
âWe 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.
âOur specially trained officers have updated Gaiaâs family and are supporting them at this very difficult time.â
Gaiaâs older sister, Clara Pope-Sutherland, 21, made a spreadsheet listing nearly 70 locations including cliffs, woodland, nature reserves and beaches needed to be checked.
Speaking last week, Clara said: âGaia is a home bird. She would never do anything like this. Sheâs just not the kind of person to go off like thi s. Weâre all very worried about her as she has very severe epilepsy and is without her medication.â
Her family also released a statement in which she said: âWe are all frantic with worry, Gaia, and are desperate to know you are OK. You are not in any trouble and we just want to know you are somewhere safe. Please get in touch with someone to let us know where you are so we can help you.â
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email at email@example.com or by calling 101, quoting incident number 9:179. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.Topics
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