Film lad held for mur­der

Cops quiz stu­dent and gran over Gaia

Daily Star - - Front Page - By JERRY LAW­TON Chief Crime Cor­re­spon­dent jerry.law­ton@dai­lystar.co.uk

A YOUNG ac­tor who ap­peared in war movie Dunkirk was yes­ter­day quizzed over the mur­der of Gaia Pope, miss­ing 19-year-old daugh­ter of a TV star.

A DRAMA stu­dent who ap­peared in the hit movie Dunkirk has been quizzed over the mur­der of a telly star’s miss­ing daugh­ter.

Nathan Elsey, 19, was ar­rested along with his gran Rose­mary Dinch, 71, in con­nec­tion with the dis­ap­pear­ance of Gaia Pope, 19.

Both were de­tained on sus­pi­cion of mur­der­ing Gaia who has not been seen for a week.

They were later re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Elsey was an ex­tra in the war epic star­ring Harry Styles and di­rected by Christo­pher Nolan.

Gaia was last seen on CCTV sprint­ing along a street in Swan­age, Dorset.

She had re­port­edly been due to at­tend a doc­tor’s ap­point­ment on the day she van­ished but did not show.

Since then fam­ily and friends have been search­ing for the teenager, who suf­fers from epilepsy.

Gaia’s mum Natasha, who starred in In­spec­tor Morse and The Bill, begged her daugh­ter to get in touch. Last night the fam­ily vowed to find their “dar­ling girl”. In a mes­sage to Gaia re­leased via po­lice, her rel­a­tives said: “We all love you for­ever.

“We miss you be­yond words. We will find you dar­ling girl.

“The thought of see­ing the sun­shine of your smile again soon keeps us all go­ing and hop­ing.”

They said the search by po­lice and hun­dreds of vol­un­teers had been “great com­fort” dur­ing what was a “deeply wor­ry­ing and scary ex­pe­ri­ence for all who love Gaia”.

The mes­sage con­tin­ued: “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.

“We un­der­stand the po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate all pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios. If any­one knows where Gaia is we beg you to let us know.” Gaia’s twin Maya de­scribed her as an “an­gel” on so­cial me­dia, adding: “She is at risk to her­self and at risk of be­ing harmed by OTH­ERS so please con­tact the po­lice asap. We are work­ing tire­lessly to find her.’’

Neigh­bours said Gaia had re­cently been stay­ing with her aunt Talia in Swan­age a few streets from the home of Mrs Dinch and her grand­son.

In a TV in­ter­view be­fore her ar­rest, Mrs Dinch said Gaia – a friend of her grand­son’s – had banged on her front door ask­ing for help on the day she dis­ap­peared. She said: “She looked up­set – very up­set. I am just so pleased be­cause I gave her a cud­dle and then she re­sponded. I have no idea where she is.” DCI Neil Devoto said: “Her dis­ap­pear­ance is com­pletely out of char­ac­ter and we sadly now be­lieve that she may have come to harm.”

VAN­ISHED: Teen Gaia

ON GUARD: Po­lice out­side sus­pect’s home

DE­TAINED: Rose­mary Dinch and, left, Nathan Elsey. Far left, Gaia, who van­ished a week ago. Be­low, a poster ap­peal­ing for pub­lic help to find her

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