Netizen 24 GBR: Two arrested on suspicion of murder as search continues to find missing teenager Gaia Pope

By On November 14, 2017

Two arrested on suspicion of murder as search continues to find missing teenager Gaia Pope

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Swanage teenager Gaia Pope have released a woman under investigation.

A 19-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman, both from the Swanage area, were arrested on suspicion of murder. They are both known to Gaia.

The 71-year-old woman, named locally as Rosemary Dinch, has now been released under investigation.

The 19-year-old man, named locally as Nathan Elsey, is still assisting police with their enquiries.

Police are at an address in Morrison Road this morning.

Gaia, 19, and from Langton Matravers, was staying at an address in Swanage when she disappeared on the afternoon of Tuesday November 7.

Search warrants took place at two addresses in Swanage late on Monday afternoon.

Police say scenes are likely to remain in place for some time.

Senior Investigating Officer Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police's major crime investigation team, 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 enquiries, 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."

Last night on BBC South Today, family friend Rosemary Dinch, who was the last perso n to see Gaia, said the 19-year-old banged on her door last Tuesday.

"There was a sort of "help me" bang [on the door]. "Please help." A pounding.

"She was upset, very upset. She didn't have a seizure. I'm pleased because I gave her a cuddle and she responded.

"Of course I want her found, I have no idea where she is.

"She just seems to have disappeared."

CCTV released last week shows Gaia running along Morrison Road in Swanage.

Hundreds of people have scoured areas of Bournemouth, Swanage, Poole and surrounding areas in the hope of finding Gaia.

‘Missing person’ leaflets with Gaia’s picture on have also been taped to lamp-posts, pinned to noticeboards and left in shops and community halls around the county, and new images of the teenager have been shared on social media.

Search efforts have bee n ongoing since Tuesday in the Swanage area and police confirmed they will continue.

The search has been supported by the coastguard, NPAS helicopter and volunteers from Dorset Search and Rescue and Wessex 4x4. Members of the local community have also been assisting with searches.

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

Vehicle stop checks took place in the Swanage area on the afternoon of Friday November 10.

Anyone with information about Gaia’s whereabouts is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 9:179.

Source: Google News

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