22-year-old man charged with the murder of missing Exeter woman

Lorraine Cox was reported missing on 3 September 2020. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

An extensive police search is underway at woods near Exeter in connection with the suspected murder of Lorraine Cox.

A man appeared in court on September 12 charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of 32-year-old Lorraine Cox.

Lorraine was last seen in the early hours of September 1 in Exeter city centre.

She was reported missing two days later.

Lorraine was last seen in the early hours of September 1 in Exeter city centre. Credit: Devon Live

Sand Down Lane is being guarded by police close to the entrance to the woods to prevent members of the public for getting near the scene of the search.

A Devon and Cornwall police spokesperson said, “Extensive searches by specialist officers are still taking place in and around Fore Street/Mary Arches Street in Exeter city centre.

"A cordon remains in place and the public are likely to see police activity ongoing in the area for the foreseeable future.

“Further searches are taking place in the Tinpit Hill area of Newton St Cyres in connection with the investigation.

"We would ask members of the public, especially dog walkers, to avoid the area and to respect the police cordon while investigative work continues."

22-year-old Christopher Mayer from Exeter has been charged with murder Credit: Devon Live

22-year-old Christopher Mayer from Exeter has been charged with murder and appeared before Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 12 September.

Mayer is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on Tuesday 15 September.

Five other men, aged 43, 22, 30, 33 and 71, have all been released on bail.

Lorraine's family have been updated and are being supported by trained liaison officers.