Hundreds join search for Gaia Pope in countryside

Hundreds of people have joined the search for missing teenager Gaia Pope, scouring countryside and coastline in Dorset.

Her father Richard Sutherland has been part of the search and has thanked members of the public who have been helping in the area around Swanage.

Gaia's father Richard Sutherland thanks people for helping to search for his missing daughter

Image: Gaia’s father Richard Sutherland thanks people for helping to search for his missing daughter

Gaia has been missing for 11 days, and clothes belonging to the 19-year-old were found on Thursday in a field near cliffs.

Standing on a rock and speaking to crowds in Durlston Country Park, Mr Sutherland said: “I just want to say a massive thank you for coming out. It is very heart warming and the support gives us a lot of hope.”

Gaia Pope had not been seen for nearly a week

Image: Gaia Pope had not been seen for nearly a week

Three people – a 71-year-old woman, a 19-year-old man and a 49-year-old man – have been arrested and released under investigation.

Gaia’s mother Natasha has appealed for more help in finding her daughter, posting a message on the Find Gaia Facebook page.

Gaia Pope on CCTV

Image: Gaia Pope on CCTV

She wrote: “I believe in this community and I believe miracles can happen.

“I am holding onto hope, along with Gaia’s sisters and the whole family who are my strength.”

Member of the public help to look for Gaia Pope

Image: Member of the public help to look for Gaia Pope

“Please hold on with us. My eternal thanks to everyone who is out there searching for my little girl.

“Please come out over the weekend and do what you can. Every one of you makes a difference.”

:: Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at dorset.police.uk, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 16:301. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.