Dunkirk ac­tor quizzed over miss­ing girl

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MATTHEW YOUNG and ADAM ASPINALL m.young@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BUD­DING ac­tor who was in the war film Dunkirk has been quizzed over miss­ing teenager Gaia Pope.

Nathan Elsey, 19, and his grand­mother Rose­mary Dinch were both re­leased last night after be­ing ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der­ing the girl.

Mr Elsey is said to be a close pal of Gaia, 19, who dis­ap­peared a week ago.

Her fam­ily said in a state­ment yes­ter­day : “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.

“The mas­sive ef­fort to find Gaia has been great com­fort in what ev­ery­one will un­der­stand is a deeply wor­ry­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. To Gaia, we all love you for­ever. We miss you be­yond words.”

Ear­lier Mrs Dinch, 71, had made an emo­tional TV ap­peal for Gaia’s re­turn. She said the teenager had banged on her front door, ask­ing for help. The OAP added: “She looked up­set. Very up­set. I am just so pleased be­cause I gave her a cud­dle and then she re­sponded. Of course I want to find her, I have no idea where she is. She just seems to have dis­ap­peared.” Gaia, who suf­fers with se­vere epilepsy, had been spot­ted reg­u­larly at the home of Mr Elsey, a per­form­ing arts stu­dent who was an ex­tra in Dunkirk.

His home backs on to Mrs Dinch’s in Swan­age, Dorset. Foren­sic teams were last night search­ing both. Gaia, of nearby Lang­ton Ma­travers, was cap­tured on CCTV run­ning in the di­rec­tion of Mr Elsey ’s home last Tues­day. She has not been seen since.

Neigh­bours told of shout­ing at Mrs Dinch’s home the day Gaia went miss­ing. Jack Goode, 25, said: “The neigh­bour who lives be­low told me they heard shout­ing and scream­ing the day it hap­pened. Deb­bie, Nathan’s mum, went over and apol­o­gised for dis­turb­ing them.” He said: “I prob­a­bly saw [Gaia] walk to his flat with him twice a week be­fore she dis­ap­peared. They spent a lot of time to­gether.

“She was last seen here the hour be­fore she went miss­ing. I heard she was un­sta­ble when she came here.”

Gaia’s sis­ter Clara, 21, said the teenager was an abuse vic­tim and had been on her way to a GP. She wrote on Face­book: “Gaia suf­fers in­creas­ingly se­vere epilepsy... and post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der as a re­sult of a trau­matic abuse in­ci­dent two years ago.

“She is go­ing through a pe­riod of ex­treme worry/ptsd episode in fear the abuser will be re­leased from jail.”

TEEN FEAR Gaia Pope, not seen in a week

RE­LEASED Rose­mary Dinch & Nathan Elsey

AR­RESTS Po­lice car in Swan­age

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