Marienna Pope-Weidermann, Gaia's cousin
The family of a Dorset teenager who disappeared almost two years ago say they are "devastated" that they still have not had the results of an investigation into the events leading up to her death.
The body of 19-year-old Gaia Pope was found 11 days after she disappeared from Swanage.
The Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating the conduct of detectives who looked for her but they will not release their report until after a full inquest into Gaia's death.
Deadlines for the IOPC investigation have been extended several times since May.
November 7 marks the second anniversary of Gaia's disappearance.
Her family says that for almost two years they have been "left struggling to stay afloat in a sea of unanswered questions", "without them we live frozen, unable to grieve, unable to move forwards, unable even to begin".
Every deadline the IOPC has given our family has been broken with little explanation, while decisions are made without us behind closed doors. Even the monthly updates we were promised, we have had to chase for. Now, less than four weeks before it was due to resume, we are told that the inquest will be postponed yet again. Even now, we have no guarantees that the answers we have long waited and suffered for will be given to us in full."
The family maintains that what happened to Gaia is one of public concern and families "have the right to meaningful participation in investigations, but too often this is not happening as it should".
We are working to complete our two investigations as quickly as possible and are regularly updating Miss Pope-Sutherland’s family, the Coroner and Dorset Police on our progress. We expect to complete both reports soon. Our investigations have involved reviewing a substantial number of documents and police communications, scene visits, interviewing and gathering statements from a wide range of witnesses, and considering national and force policies.