09 November 2017
Officers searching for missing Purbeck teenager Gaia Pope are renewing their appeal for information, with an updated description of what she was wearing when she was last seen.
Gaia, 19, who lives in Langton Matravers, was staying at an address in Swanage when she went missing on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 November 2017.
The last reported sighting of Gaia was at an address in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road at around 4pm. She was said to be wearing a red checked shirt with white buttons, grey and white woven leggings and white trainers.
Search efforts have been ongoing in the Swanage area, with support from the coastguard, NPAS helicopter and DorSAR. Members of the local community have also been assisting with searches.
Inspector Andy Edwards, of Dorset Police, said: “We are doing everything possible to try and locate Gaia and our extensive search efforts are continuing.
“Our thoughts are with her family at what must be a very difficult time and we are doing everything we possibly can to support them.
“I would urge any members of the public who have information as to her where Gaia could be, or who see a woman matching the description given, to contact police immediately. We would also urge anyone who may have dashcam footage from their vehicles covering major routes in Swanage over the last 48 hours to review it to see if there are any sightings of someone matching Gaia’s description.
“Finally, I would appeal to Gaia directly, if she sees this appeal, to contact us or your family as we all want to ensure that you are safe and well.”
Gaia's family has also issued a statement urging her to contact them or police.
They said: “We are all frantic with worry Gaia and are desperate to know you are ok. You are not in any trouble and we just want to know you are somewhere safe. Please get in touch with someone to let us know where you are so we can help you.”
Anyone with information or knowledge as to Gaia's whereabouts is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting incident number 9:179. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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