Bobbi-Anne McLeod: Police say body found at Bovisand is missing teen after man charged with murder

Bobbi-Anne McLeod, 18.

A body found in Plymouth has been formally identified as missing teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod.

The 18-year-old disappeared as she made her way to meet friends in the city centre on Saturday (November 20).

A body was discovered three days later close to the beach at Bovisand, about seven miles from where she was last seen.

Cody Ackland, 24, has been charged with her murder.

In a statement released today (November 30), Devon and Cornwall Police said the body on a stretch of coastline on the east side of Plymouth Sound has been confirmed to be Bobbi-Anne's.

A police cordon near Bovisand, where a body was found in the search for missing Bobbi-Anne.

The force said: "Formal identification has now been completed and it has been confirmed that the body located in Bovisand on 23 November is that of 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod.

"Her family have been informed of this update and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time."

A massive search was launched for Bobbi-Anne, after she did not return to her her home in Leigham after leaving about 6pm on Saturday 20 November.

She was last seen waiting at a bus stop close to her house as she made her way into town.

Hundreds of people gathered by the spot she was last seen to hold a candlelit vigil in her memory attended by her loved-ones.

Flowers dotted with candles were laid by local residents over the past few days.

Donna McLeod, the victim’s mother, thanked the vigil crowd.

“Thank you for doing everything to try and find her and bring our baby home,” she said.

Cody Ackland arriving at Plymouth Magistrates' Court on Friday 26 November Credit: BPM Media

Ackland was the lead guitarist in Plymouth-based indie band Rakuda.

The band's other members announced last week they were disbanding with immediate effect.

Ackland is next expected to appear at Plymouth Crown Court in January.