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‘Shine bright up there’: Vigil for teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod – as police rule out ‘known link’ with murder suspect

Written by on 25/11/2021

Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to a teenager in Plymouth, as police ruled out any “known link” between the victim and a man suspected of murdering her.

Bobbi-Anne McLeod’s mother Donna emotionally thanked the crowds for their love and support over the past few days during the candlelit vigil in the Leigham area of the city on Thursday evening.

She said: “Thank you for doing everything to try and find her and bring our baby home.”

The vigil was held at the bus stop where 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne was last seen at around 6pm on Saturday.

Bobbi-Anne McLeod, 18, has been missing since Saturday evening
Image: Bobbi-Anne McLeod disappeared last Saturday after leaving her home in Leigham, Plymouth
Crowds gathered in Plymouth to hold a candlelit vigil for Bobbi-Anne
Image: Crowds gathered in Plymouth to hold a candlelit vigil for the teenager

She disappeared after leaving her home in Leigham to meet a friend in the town centre.

A body was found at Bovisand on Tuesday afternoon around seven miles from where she was last seen.

It is believed to be the body of Bobbi-Anne, although formal identification has not yet taken place.

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Devon and Cornwall Police have now said investigators have been granted more time to question a 24-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday.

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper said outside Crownhill police station in Plymouth: “I can confirm that at this time there is no known link between the suspect and the victim.

“I would like to reassure the public that at this time we are not seeking anyone else in relation to this matter.”

Crime scene investigators on Sheepstor Road in Plymouth, after the body of a woman was in the hunt for missing Plymouth teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod, who has not been seen since Saturday evening. Picture date: Wednesday November 24, 2021.
Image: Forensic experts search for clues

Ms Leaper added officers had been granted a warrant of further detention for the suspect.

She said: “This warrant enables police to extend the time in which a person can be detained within police custody whilst an investigation is ongoing.”

People were asked to raise candles to the sky for Bobbi-Anne during the vigil
Image: People were asked to raise candles to the sky for Bobbi-Anne during the vigil

Meanwhile, Amanda Isaacs, a friend of the McLeod family, thanked everyone for attending the vigil.

She also asked them to raise their candles to the sky for the teenager.

Ms Isaacs said: “Shine bright up there, darling.”

A friend of Bobbi-Anne said she believed the victim “didn’t have a clue” who her attacker or attackers were, due to her Airpod headphones and tobacco being found at the bus stop where she was last seen.

The friend said: “The fact Bobbi’s Airpods and baccy were at the bus stop, that shows she would have struggled.”

A 26-year-old man, who was detained at the same time as the first suspect, was released earlier on Thursday with no further action to be taken against him.

 Sky News

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