Search continues for missing Dorset teenager Gaia Pope

Detectives are continuing to search for missing 19-year-old Gaia Pope. Women's clothing was discovered in a field near Swanage on Thursday. Gaia's family have confirmed they match what she was believed to have been wearing the day she went missing.

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Update on search for missing Gaia

A 49 year old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released from custody as the search continues for missing teenager Gaia Pope.

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Police say clothing appears to belong to Gaia

The clothing located south of Priests Way appear to be Gaia's and her family have confirmed they match what she was believed to have been wearing the day she went missing."

"Yesterday and today specialist officers and teams, supported by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, the coastguard, national search advisors and the NPAS helicopter, have been conducting detailed searches and forensic examinations of fields and open areas. Wide area searches have also been carried out with the assistance of Dorset Search and Rescue and volunteers in the community."

"Our search area spans over many square miles of grassland, gorse, bracken and undulating difficult terrain and the public can expect to see officers continuing searches there for a number of days and beyond. We would like to repeat our thanks to them for their support and understanding as our large scale investigation continues."

"The community will be aware that this rural area surrounding Purbeck is a wide expanse of challenging ground, much of which is exposed to the elements. In addition, the cliffs along the coast are dangerous and the seas can be unpredictable. While we are grateful to the public's ongoing help, I would like to advise them not to put themselves in danger and to allow the specially-trained experts to cover this area in a controlled manner. Coordinated local volunteers who are in liaison with the police search operation are continuing to assist."

"I would like to renew our appeal to anyone who may have seen Gaia in the area of Manor Gardens and south of Priests Way since 3.30pm on Tuesday 7 November."

"Finally, and most importantly, our thoughts remain with Gaia's family at this extremely distressing and difficult time. Specially-trained officers continue to support and update them and their wellbeing is central to our actions."

– Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell

Missing Gaia: Police release third person under investigation

Gaia went missing on 7 November Credit: Dorset Police

Police investigating he disappearance of Swanage teenager Gaia Pope have released a third person under investigation.

The 49-year-old man, who lives in Swanage and is known to Gaia, was arrested on the afternoon of Thursday 16 November 2017 on suspicion of murder. He has today, Friday 17 November 2017, been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Gaia, 19 and from Langton Matravers, was staying at an address in Swanage when she disappeared on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 November 2017.

Since her disappearance searches of the land and coastline in Swanage and surrounding area have taken place.

Police search stream in hunt for missing teenager

The mystery over what has happened to missing Dorset teenager Gaia Pope has taken a new turn with police divers searching a stream near to her home in Swanage.

Officers have also released a CCTV image of her at a filling station, shortly before she disappeared.

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Picture of missing teenager, just before she disappeared

Gaia pictured less than an hour before she disappeared Credit: Dorset Police

Police have released CCTV images of missing Swanage teenager Gaia Pope, taken less than an hour before she disappeared.

Gaia, 19, from Langton Matravers, was staying at an address in Swanage when she disappeared on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 November 2017.

Less than an hour before her last confirmed sighting at 3.39pm, she was being driven between Langton Matravers and Swanage by a family member when they stopped off for fuel at St Michael's Garage on Valley Road in Swanage. Gaia went into the garage to buy an ice cream at around 2.55pm before leaving.

Senior Investigating Office Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "We believe Gaia was wearing the same grey and white woven leggings and white trainers, but was last seen in a red checked shirt with white buttons. When she disappeared she was not wearing the black jacket pictured, which was recovered at an address in Manor Gardens.

"Our search efforts are continuing and I would again appeal to the public that if they have any information, however small, that could lead us to finding Gaia, please get in touch.

"Finally, I would like to offer my thoughts to Gaia's family and friends in what is an incredibly difficult time for them. It has been over a week since she went missing and we are doing all we can in order to find her."

The search to find Gaia is continuing. Search warrants have been taking place at two addresses in Swanage since Monday 13 November 2017. Scenes are likely to remain in place for some time.

A 19-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman, both from the Swanage area, were arrested on suspicion of murder. Both individuals have been released under investigation.

Desperate times for family of missing teenager

Desperate times for the family of Dorset teenager Gaia Pope. Despite extensive searches the 19-year-old hasn't been seen since she disappeared in Swanage a week ago.

Statement from family of Gaia Pope: "We miss her beyond words"

Gaia's family miss her "beyond words" Credit: ITV

We want to express our deepest gratitude to the police, other emergency services and the huge numbers of volunteers and well wishers.

The massive effort to find Gaia has been great comfort in what everyone will understand is a deeply worrying and scary experience for all who love Gaia so deeply.

We understand that the police continue to investigate all possible scenarios, and we want to emphasise that the search for Gaia continues.

We will be releasing information on the Find Gaia Facebook page regarding further volunteer search support.

Please understand that we want to keep social media to constructive and positive efforts to find Gaia and not to encourage uninformed speculation which can have a negative impact on the family and be a distraction.

Please keep an eye out for requests for further search support.

We are aware of the arrests that have taken place but want to emphasise that these must not put a stop to the search until or unless there is a definite conclusion.

If anyone knows where Gaia is we beg you to let us know.

To Gaia. We all love you forever. We miss you beyond words. We will find you darling girl. The thought of seeing the sunshine of your smile again soon keeps us all going and hoping.

Gaia’s family will not be making any other statements to the media until further notice. We appreciate all the coverage in the media which helps so much in the cause of finding her. However, we ask that representatives of the media respect the privacy and vulnerability of the family at this time.

Thank you.

– Family of Gaia Pope

Search continues to find missing teenager

Gaia was last seen at an address in Swanage Credit: Dorset Police

Police, investigating the disappearance of Dorset teenager Gaia Pope, have released a woman under investigation.

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

The search to find Gaia continues around the Swanage area with support from the coastguard and volunteers from Dorset Search and Rescue and Wessex 4x4.

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

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

The 71-year-old woman has now been released under investigation. The 19-year-old man remains assisting police with enquiries.

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

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