Two arrested on suspicion of murdering missing teenager

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

The woman and a 19-year-old man believed to be her grandson were arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday afternoon in connection with the disappearance of Ms Pope.

The young person, from Langton Matravers, was remaining at an address in Swanage when she vanished on the evening of November 7.

The family of missing 19-year-old Gaia Pope have vowed to find their "darling girl".

Search warrants took place at two addresses in Swanage on Monday 13 November.

'A 19-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman, both from the Swanage area, were arrested on suspicion of murder.

Investigations have also involved house-to-house enquiries and vehicle stop checks. She was running in the direction of a house in Manor Gardens, where she was last seen alive. She was said to be wearing a red checked shirt with white buttons, grey and white woven leggings and white trainers.

"We have looked through CCTV that covers the Swanage region, including transport centers, and there is nothing to propose she has left the zone".

Describing her disappearance as "completely out of character", police now believe "she may have come to harm".

'We have not yet found Gaia and our searches will continue'.

Even comedian Russell Brand, who met Gaia at a protest, shared a poster of the missing teen, urging his 12 million followers to get in touch. "Our extraordinarily prepared officers have refreshed Gaia's family and are supporting them at this exceptionally troublesome time".

Gaia's older sister, Clara Pope-Sutherland, 21, made a spreadsheet listing almost 70 locations including cliffs, woodland, nature reserves and beaches needed to be checked. She would never do anything like this.

Her twin sister Maya wrote on social media the teenager has epilepsy and had been suffering from seizures before she went missing.

We all love you forever.

Police said a search for Gaia with the coastguard, volunteers from Dorset Search and Rescue and Wessex 4x4, along with members of the local community, was continuing in the Swanage area.

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