Police have said there is ‘no known link’ between a 24-year-old murder suspect and Bobbi-Anne McLeod as they continued to search a house four miles from where she vanished.
Devon and Cornwall Police said they had not established a connection between the man and the 18-year-old girl but were keeping him in custody for another day for questioning.
Meanwhile another man, 26, has been released with no further action after also being arrested on suspicion of murder.
It comes as police forensic investigators are searching a home in Plymouth four miles from where Bobbi-Anne vanished.
Officers cordoned off a property in Southway today with residents reporting their arrival from 8am. Photos taken in the area show police tape draped across hedges leading to one of the properties.
Devon and Cornwall Police refused to confirm or deny if the activity is connected to the ongoing investigation into the disappearance and murder of Bobbi-Anne.
The youngster went missing in Plymouth on Saturday after failing to get on her bus to the city centre to meet her boyfriend. She was found dead on Tuesday close to the coastal path and car park above Bovisand beach.
Yesterday, it was claimed police are probing the theory that Bobbi-Anne was kidnapped by a group of men with a ‘sexual motive’.
Her family think she was snatched from a bus stop near her home at 6pm on Saturday after she failed to meet her boyfriend Louie Leach, who reportedly waited all night for her to arrive. He is being comforted by her family.
Officers cordoned off a property in Southway today with residents reporting their arrival from 8am. Photos taken in the area show police tape draped across hedges leading to one of the properties
Devon and Cornwall Police refused to confirm or deny if the activity is connected to the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Bobbi-Anne McLeod
Louie Leach, 17, the grieving boyfriend of Bobbi-Anne McLeod is being comforted by her family as police continue to question two murder suspects
Bobbi-Anne’s boyfriend Louie Leach, 17, (pictured together) who had been in a relationship with Bobbi-Anne for more than six months, was reportedly among the group of friends waiting for her in Plymouth city centre for a night out she never arrived on.
Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper said this afternoon: ‘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.’
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.
‘Once again, I give my utmost thanks to the public and communities in Plymouth who continue to be supportive of our enquiries.’
Officers are searching the area where she vanished as well as woodland and cliffs above a Devon beach where Bobbi-Anne’s body was found eight miles away yesterday.
Detectives are trying to work out if the teenager was abducted or willingly entered a car – and how many people were involved.
But a source close to the investigation was quoted by the Guardian as saying ‘it was most likely a stranger abduction’ with a ‘sexual motive being a significant line of inquiry’.
A relative of Mr Leach suggested multiple people were involved, telling MailOnline: ‘From what we know so far, she was abducted by at least two men and police have not ruled out the possibility that more were involved. And it doesn’t appear that she knew them.
‘She was at the bus stop on her way to meet Louie and then she disappeared. We haven’t been given the full details on who these men are and what actually took place.
‘The police don’t want this information getting out because it may impact the inquiry. The family are continuing to be updated by officers and there’s a lot of difficult things for them to take in.’
As tributes for Bobbi-Anne continued to flood in, Smeaton’s Tower in Plymouth was lit up purple in her memory yesterday.
Mr Leach has been staying with Bobbi-Anne’s mother and two siblings at their home in Plymouth since detectives revealed on Tuesday that a body had been discovered.
She was reported missing on Saturday evening and was found dead yesterday close to the coastal path and car park above Bovisand beach.
Police have sealed off a stretch of coastline overlooking Plymouth’s Sound and are gathering evidence.
Friends told MailOnline that Bobbi-Anne, 18, had been due to meet a group including her boyfriend of six months. Louie raised the alarm when she did not show up at around 8pm. The Sun claims he waited at the bus stop all night when she vanished.
One friend said: ‘Louie is with Bobbi-Anne’s family now and they are helping each other through this difficult time. They can barely speak. There are no words for the horror they are living through. Bobbi-Anne and Louie were really in love and were a wonderful couple. They had their whole lives ahead of them and now this has been cruelly taken away from Louie and it’s crushed him.’ It came as her family thanked the public for their ‘love and support’.
Detectives are trying to work out if the teenager was abducted or willingly entered a car – and how many people were involved
Bobbi-Anne was reported missing on Saturday evening and was found dead yesterday close to the coastal path and car park above Bovisand beach
The 18-year-old’s family believe she was snatched from a bus stop near her Plymouth home at 6pm on Saturday after she failed to meet her boyfriend, Louie Leach, who reportedly waited all night for her to arrive
Ms Mcleod’s headphones and tobacco were found at the Bampton Road bus stop where she was last seen, one of her friends said
A friend of Ms McLeod, who went to both Leigham Primary School and Tor Bridge High secondary school with her, said she believed ‘Bobbi didn’t have a clue’ who her attackers were
As tributes for Bobbi-Anne continued to flood in tonight, Smeaton’s Tower in Plymouth was lit up purple in her memory
Her older brother Lee McLeod paid tribute to his ‘beautiful sister’ and visited flowers left in her memory
Police has closed the road leading to the Bovisand beach in Devon, where Bobbi-Anne was found dead
Forensics officers are concentrating on gathering evidence in bags in an area of woodland and cliffs above the road leaving to Bovisand bay
This afternoon, forensics officers were concentrating on the grass around the bus stop where she was last seen
Dozens of locals arrived throughout Wednesday to lay flowers opposite the bus stop in the Leigham area of Plymouth, where Bobbi-Anne was last seen on Saturday evening.
Many wept and hugged each other as forensic police officers in white overalls continued to search the surrounding area. Devon and Cornwall Police have not released details of her disappearance or the cause of death. But her family believes she was abducted.
Her older brother Lee McLeod, who also visited flowers yesterday, has said that he had been desperately trying her phone and there was a four hour window between 11am and 3am on the night she vanished when it rang, before it was switched off again. He kept calling for three days until it was handed in to police by a member of the public on Monday.
Revealing that the family believed she had been snatched and held captive he told friends on Facebook: ‘Someone has my f**kin sister!!’.
On Tuesday evening her relatives were given the tragic news that she had been found dead.
A cordon blocking access to the Bovisand cafe and car park, and the nearby holiday park, is expected to remain in place for the next 24 to 48 hours.
Ms Mcleod’s headphones and tobacco were found at the Bampton Road bus stop where she was last seen, one of her friends said.
A sniffer dog was searching the area on Wednesday, while forensic officers conducted sweeps of the surrounding banks and pavement.
Officers were also searching an area of nearby woodland off Thurlestone Walk and taking soil samples from the bus stop.
Flowers have been left at the Sheepstor Road bus stop in Plymouth, Devon, where she is believed to have been snatched
Residents are in mourning again after a search for Bobbi was called off after a body was found
Bobbi-Anne’s friends and loved-ones left moving messages for the teenager who was murdered over the past four days
Forensic officers carry out an investigation close to the home she left at 6pm on Saturday
A crime scene investigator near Sheepstor Road in Plymouth, with a sniffer dog
A friend of Ms McLeod, who went to both Leigham Primary School and Tor Bridge High secondary school with her, said she believed ‘Bobbi didn’t have a clue’ who her attackers were.
Timeline: How the tragedy unfolded
Close friends said they were growing fearful for what has happened to Ms McLeod (pictured) after what are believed to be her items were picked up by police
Saturday November 20
6pm: Bobbi-Anne McLeod is last seen leaving her home in Millwood Drive, Plymouth
6.23pm: 18-year-old fails to board bus for city centre at Sheepstor Road – a four minute walk from her house. Police are called later and find her headphones and tobacco at the bus stop.
11pm: Her brother Lee says her phone went to voicemail after she vanished but begins ringing through with no answer
Sunday November 21
3.45am: Bobbi-Anne’s phone stops ringing and goes to voicemail
9pm: Officers tracking the phone say it is in the Plymouth area but don’t know the exact location
Monday November 22
10.30am: Police release a statement appealing for the public’s help and urging Bobbi-Anne to get in contact if she sees it
11am: Police call family to say that Bobbi-Anne’s phone has been found by a member of the public and handed in. She had been abducted, the family say.
3pm: Searches are carried out around the area where she lived, nearby woodland and the bus stop is sealed off. Family, friends and volunteers also help with the search
Tuesday November 23
7.43pm: Police confirm they have found a body of a woman ‘near Bovisand, South Hams’. She is not formally identified but officers believe it is 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne and tell her family. Two men, aged 24 and 26 from Plymouth are arrested on suspicion of murder and are in custody.
She said that according to the McLeod family, both Ms McLeod’s Airpod headphones and tobacco had been found at the bus stop where she was last seen.
‘The fact Bobbi’s Airpods and baccy were at the bus stop, that shows she would have struggled,’ she said.
The 19-year-old, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I would say Bobbi didn’t have a clue who they were – it is such a close community, I’ve grown up there since I was six years old.’
She said she had been too afraid to board a bus on Wednesday after the body was discovered, and had paid for a taxi to work instead.
The friend described Ms McLeod as ‘the nicest person’, adding: ‘She just used to light up the room, she always knew how to make you laugh. She was sweet – and she was so tiny. Bobbi was always small, she never grew.’
Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper said in a statement that inquiries were continuing ‘at pace’.
Speaking outside Crownhill police station in Plymouth, she said: ‘Officers on the ground have been and are continuing to be supported by specialist resources whilst extensive searches and forensic examination of a number of scenes is carried out.’
Ms Leaper said the public could expect to see an increased police presence in Plymouth over the coming days.
‘Whilst of course we understand the public interest in this investigation, we remind the public that this is a live and active case and we ask them not to speculate at this time.’
She said Devon and Cornwall Police were committed to providing information on the investigation ‘as and when’, but refused to take questions, saying: ‘We must maintain the integrity of this investigation.’
Locals have been laying floral tributes close to the site of Ms McLeod’s disappearance.
Hayley Wells, a family friend who lives in Leigham and whose children grew up with Ms McLeod, told the PA news agency: ‘My family are there for Bobbi-Anne’s family and I have some lovely memories of Bobbi-Anne.
‘This should have never happened to Bobbi and I hope she gets the justice she deserves.’
Earlier close friend and neighbour, Amanda Isaacs, released a message on behalf of Bobbi-Anne’s family.
She said: ‘The family just need privacy to grieve but the can’t thank everyone enough for their love and support.’ Amanda also paid tribute to the 18-year-old who had ‘her whole life ahead of her’.
Bobbi-Anne McLeod was reported missing on Saturday in Plymouth after she failed to meet with friends. Police arrested two men, aged 24 and 26, on suspicion of her murder, with the latter later released.
Officers said they were growing increasingly concerned for the teenager, who was due to get a bus into the city centre to see her partner over the weekend but never arrived.
Detectives then revealed on Tuesday that a body had been found in the search for Bobbie-Anne, and while formal identification is yet to take place, they said her family had been informed.
Now, her brother, Lee McLeod has shared an emotional tribute on social media, after posting a picture of the two of them together as children.
Alongside the image he wrote: ‘Until we meet again sis. I love you.
‘You didn’t deserve this, such a beautiful and talented girl and to have you as my little sister, the adventure and journey we had been on will always be treasured. Now go rest easy.’
Bobbi-Anne’s brother, Lee McLeod, has shared an emotional tribute on social media, after posting a picture of the two of them together as children
Lee McLeod had desperately appealed on social media for help in finding his sister before tragedy struck
Source: Daily Mail UK