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Mother of missing teenager Gaia Pope appeals for help

Gaia was last seen in Swanage on November 7.

The mother of a teenager missing for a week has appealed for the public’s help in bringing her daughter home.

Natasha Pope urged people to look in vans, garages and houses in case her 19-year-old daughter Gaia was being kept against her will.

Ms Pope spoke out as Dorset Police issued two CCTV images of the teenager recorded less than an hour before the last confirmed sighting of her.

Ms Pope also thanked people who have been organising searches for her daughter in the Wimborne area.

Gaia was staying at an address in Swanage, Dorset, when she disappeared on the afternoon of November 7.

She was being driven between Langton Matravers and Swanage by a family member when they stopped off for fuel at St Michael’s Garage on Valley Road in Swanage. At around 2.55pm she went inside and bought an ice cream.

The last confirmed sighting of Gaia was at an address in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road in Swanage at about 4pm.

Forensic investigations are continuing at two properties in Manor Gardens, which are believed to be the homes of a 71-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man.

They were released under investigation on Tuesday after being arrested on suspicion of murder by police the previous day.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Devoto, who is leading the investigation, said: “We believe Gaia was wearing the same grey and white woven leggings and white trainers, but was last seen in a red checked shirt with white buttons.

“When she disappeared she was not wearing the black jacket pictured, which was recovered at an address in Manor Gardens.

“Our search efforts are continuing and I would again appeal to the public that if they have any information, however small, that could lead us to finding Gaia, please get in touch.

“Finally, I would like to offer my thoughts to Gaia’s family and friends in what is an incredibly difficult time for them. It has been over a week since she went missing and we are doing all we can in order to find her.”

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Police teams search a mill pond in Swanage, Dorset (Jennifer Cockerell/PA)

The search to find the teenager has continued with search teams focusing all their efforts inland in Swanage and the surrounding area, supported by Dorset search and rescue and specialist units from neighbouring police forces.

On Tuesday Gaia’s family vowed to find their “darling girl” and said the thought of seeing her smile was keeping them all “going and hoping”.

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