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Body found in missing Gaia Pope search

Body found in missing Gaia Pope search

Gaia Pope was last seen in Swanage on 7 November
A body has been found in the hunt for missing teenager Gaia Pope.Dorset Police said they are "confident" the remains on land near Swanage are that of the 19-year-old, who has been missing for 11 days.Officers made the discovery at 15:00 GMT near a coastal path and field where items of her clothing were found on Thursday.In an emotional statement, Gaia's sister spoke of the "light of my life, so beautiful and so creative."Clara Pope and Gaia's cousin Marienna Pope-Weidemann thanked people who had joined in the search.
Ms Pope-Weidemann said: "We are absolutely devastated and unable to put those feelings of loss into words. "Our little bird has flown, but she will always be with us."Three people have previously been arrested on suspicion of murder and released while inquiries continue.
'Traumatic'
Det Supt Paul Kessell said: "Although the body has yet to be formally identified, we are confident that we have found Gaia. "Her family has been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers. Our thoughts remain with all of her family and friends at this very traumatic time. "They have requested privacy and that we make no further media releases at this point."
Land close to where the items of clothing were found was searched
Extensive searches have taken place to locate the teenager, who was last seen in Morrison Road on 7 November.Since she disappeared hundreds of missing person posters have been distributed across the county and volunteers have helped scour the town.Earlier, Miss Pope's father, Richard Sutherland, told search teams their efforts were "heart-warming".Detectives have detained 71-year-old Rosemary Dinch, her 49-year-old son Paul Elsey, and her 19-year-old nephew, Nathan Elsey - all of whom were known to Miss Pope.Police thanked the public for their help and said they no longer required their assistance.A post-mortem examination is due to take place.
Gaia Pope disappearance
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