Body found in search for missing Gaia Pope near Swanage

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Specialist teams located the body near the coastal path and a field where items of her clothing were discovered on Thursday. I thank everyone who was involved in searching for my lovely twin.

"We hold you in our hearts forever".

Gaia's sister Maya Pope-Sutherland also paid tribute in a Facebook post in which she wrote: "Can't find any words right now".

Her twin sister said today she is "heartbroken" at the loss of her "beautiful sister". "Going to make her so proud".

Another added: "For Gaia, we are devastated and want to give your family our love at this time xxx Carole".

Police have discovered a body in the search for an English teenage girl who has been missing for more than a week.

Gaia Pope's father Richard Sutherland thanks members of the public before a community search at Durlston Country Park in Dorset for the missing teenager.

Hundreds of missing person posters have been distributed across the county since Gaia disappeared.

The 19-year-old, who has epilepsy and did not leave with her medication, vanished on the afternoon of 7 November. She said: 'I am holding on to hope'.

PA Wire  PA Images                   Members of the public looking for missing teenager Gaia Pope during a community search at Durlston Country Park in Dorset
PA Wire PA Images Members of the public looking for missing teenager Gaia Pope during a community search at Durlston Country Park in Dorset

Earlier, Gaia's father, Richard Sutherland, said he feared his daughter's illness may have played a part in her disappearance as she had been warned by doctors that she was at risk of sudden death from the condition.

Dorset Police found the body of a woman and Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell said although he body is yet to be formally identified, police are "confident" they have found the teen. "They have requested privacy and that we make no further media releases at this point".

Dorset Police have been carrying out forensic examinations of two properties in the Swanage area, as well as searches of land around the town.

"This will guide the investigation in respect of the circumstances of the death which at this time remains unexplained", he added.

"Her family have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers", Det Supt Kessell said.

Throughout the search for Gaia, police have been reluctant to label it a murder inquiry, despite three people from one family being arrested and released on suspicion of killing her last week.

The black jacket Gaia was wearing in the CCTV images was recovered from an address in Manor Gardens.

Paul Elsey, Rosemary's son and Nathan's uncle, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of murder.

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