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Gaia Pope's family asks victims of sex offences to come forward

Two years ago this week, teenager Gaia Pope was found dead near a coastal path in Swanage, 11 days after she went missing.

A post-mortem examination revealed that the 19-year-old died of hypothermia but Dorset Police are being investigated for its handling of her disappearance AND a previous rape allegation.

Now her family are calling for victims of sex offenders to come forward - in the hope that a similar tragedy could be avoided. Sally Simmonds reports.

The IOPC independent investigations into the Force’s handling of the rape allegation and the response when dealing with the missing person report made in respect of Gaia Pope remain ongoing.

An inquest into Gaia’s death has also been opened and HM Coroner is currently conducting her investigation.

Because of those factors, and foremost being mindful of the impact these processes have on Gaia’s family following her tragic death, it would not be appropriate at this time for the Force to comment further. Dorset Police is cooperating fully with the IOPC and HM Coroner and is supplying any information as requested by them.

– Dorset Police