Bobbi-Anne McLeod vanished on her way to meet her boyfriend on Saturday. On Tuesday a body was found in the search for the teen, although formal identification has yet to be carried out
Police are continuing their murder investigation following the discovery of a body in the search for a missing teen.
Bobbi-Anne McLeod, 18, vanished after leaving her home in the Leigham area of Plymouth, Devon, on Saturday.
The force’s inquiry is ongoing as her desperate family wait for answers, with officers continuing to support them around the clock.
The popular teenager failed to meet her boyfriend of six months, Louie Leach, in the city centre last weekend.
She had been due to catch a bus into Plymouth, and when she didn’t show he raised the alarm after waiting hours for her to arrive.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday, however one of them has since been released.
Locals have been laying floral tributes close to the site of where she was last seen, and a candlelit vigil is planned.
Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper last night confirmed “extensive searches of a number of scenes” would “continue over the coming days”.
Here’s all we know about her disappearance so far.
Bobbi-Anne was last seen at a bus stop near her home in Plymouth at around 6.15pm on Saturday.
The teen left her home in Milwood Drive wearing a grey Nike hoodie.
Police say she was also blue ripped jeans and white trainers when she vanished.
They discovered her headphones and a pouch of tobacco on grass nearby.
Brother’s Facebook posts
Her brother Lee McLeod’s desperate Facebook appeal illustrated the family’s torment.
“Police have rung and someone has handed in Bobbi’s mobile,” he posted.
“I’m begging everyone single person in Plymouth help me search everywhere search everything. Someone has my f***ing sister.”
In an earlier post he said: “My sister’s phone has been tracked by police, however due to the phone being off, they’ve managed to know she’s still in the Plymouth area but don’t know her actual location.”
On Tuesday night came the shattering news that a body had been found as officers searched for the 18-year-old.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said the body of a woman was located near Bovisand, South Hams, during their searches.
The area is nine miles from Sheepstor Road, Plymouth, where she was due to get a bus to the city centre.
A formal identification has yet to be carried out.
As the same time they announced a body had been found, police confirmed two men were arrested on suspicion of murder.
Devon and Cornwall Police then later issued an update confirming one of the suspects has now been released.
A spokesperson said: “A 24-year-old man remains in police custody at this time on suspicion of murder under a warrant of further detention.
“A 26-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released from police custody with no further action being taken in relation to this matter.”
‘Snatched by strangers’ theory
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Detectives are understood to be working on a theory the young woman was abducted by strangers.
They have not ruled out others being involved, it has been reported.
Investigators believed a sexual motive could be a significant line of inquiry.
Bobbi-Anne’s brother himself expressed fears she had been abducted while desperately appealing for information.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.