Fam­ily pledge as hunt con­tin­ues for teen girl

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY ROD MINCHIN

The fam­ily of miss­ing 19-year-old Gaia Pope have vowed to find their “dar­ling girl”.

Re­leas­ing a state­ment through Dorset Po­lice, the teenager’s loved ones said: “The thought of see­ing the sun­shine of your smile again soon keeps us all go­ing and hop­ing.”

Ms Pope, from Lang­ton Ma­travers, was stay­ing at an ad­dress in Swan­age when she went miss­ing on the af­ter­noon of November 7. A 19-year-old man re­mains in cus­tody on sus­pi­cion of her mur­der.

In a state­ment, the fam­ily added: “We want to ex­press our deep­est grat­i­tude to the po­lice, other emer­gency ser­vices and the huge num­bers of vol­un­teers and well-wish­ers. The mas­sive ef­fort to find Gaia has been a great com­fort in what ev­ery­one will un­der­stand is a deeply wor­ry­ing and scary ex­pe­ri­ence for all who love Gaia so deeply.

“We un­der­stand that the po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate all pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios, and we want to em­pha­sise that the search for Gaia con­tin­ues.

“To Gaia. 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.”

A 71-year-old woman ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the dis­ap­pear­ance was re­leased on bail on Tues­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have said that both the man and the woman are known to Ms Pope.

Ms Pope was caught on CCTV run­ning on the af­ter­noon of her dis­ap­pear­ance and was be­lieved to be wear­ing a red checked shirt, grey and white wo­ven leg­gings and white train­ers.

Gaia Pope, 19, has not been seen since November 7

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