At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper confirmed that investigations continued, but that there is no known link between the suspect and Bobbi-Anne McLeod
Police have said there is ‘no known link’ between a murdered teenager and the suspect being questioned on suspicion of her murder.
Bobbi-Anne McLeod, 18, left her home in the Leigham area of Plymouth at about 6pm on Saturday evening.
The teenager had been due to catch a bus into the city centre to meet friends – but never arrived – prompting her boyfriend to raise the alarm.
Police found a body near Bovisand, south of Plymouth, after receiving information.
A formal identification has not yet been carried out but the family of Bobbi-Anne have been informed of the discovery and are being supported by investigators.
At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper confirmed that investigations continued, but that there is no known link between the suspect and victim.
Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper said: “A significant number of enquiries and searches have been carried out overnight and into today in relation to the ongoing murder investigation in Plymouth.
“These enquiries remain on going across a number of scenes in and around the city.
“Earlier today, a 26-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder, was released from police custody having been eliminated from the enquiry.
“A 24-year-old man remains in police custody at this time on suspicion of murder under a warrant of further detention.
“This warrant enables police to extend the time in which a person can be detained within police custody whilst an investigation is ongoing.”
The family of Bobby-Anne continue to be supported by specialist officers, PlymouthLive reports.
ACC Leaper added: “I can confirm that at this time, there is no known link between the suspect and victim and I would like to reassure the public that at this time, we are not seeking anyone else in relation to this matter.
“This remains a developing and active case. And as such, we would remind everyone not to speculate in relation to this matter. It is crucial that we uphold the integrity of this investigation at all times.
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“Once again, I give my utmost thanks to the public and communities in Plymouth who continue to be supportive of our enquiries, specialist resources and supporting officers on the ground to carry out inquiries at a number of locations, and these are likely to continue over the coming days. During that time, the public are likely to see an increased visible policing presence.
“Anyone with information which may assist the ongoing investigation is asked to contact please on 101 quoting log 706 of November 22.”
Hundreds of flowers have been laid at the tribute site on Bampton Road, as the Leigham community mourns a great loss.
Flowers, beautiful poems, messages and photos are among the tributes placed on the grass verge opposite the bus stop on Bampton Road, with more and more being added.
One tribute in particular has been laid along with the hundreds of flowers – a photo of Bobbi-Anne wearing a glamorous red dress, at what appears to be her prom.
Specialist resources are supporting officers on the ground to carry out enquiries at a number of locations and these are likely to continue over the coming days.
During that time the public are likely to see an increased visible policing presence.
Anyone with information which may assist the ongoing investigation is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 706 22/11/21.