Third Gaia Pope murder suspect released

A man arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the disappearance of Gaia Pope has been released under investigation.

The 49-year-old is from the Swanage area and is believed to be known to the teenager, who has been missing for more than a week.

Dorset Police revealed news of the arrest on Thursday – the third to be made on suspicion of murder following the arrests of a 71-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, both of whom were also known to Gaia and were released under investigation earlier this week.

Confirmation of Thursday’s arrest came just hours after police revealed they had found items of women’s clothing in a field near Swanage.

Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell said on Thursday that the owner of the clothes had not been identified but that detectives involved in the search for Gaia, also from Swanage, had informed her family of the find.

“We continue to investigate whether Gaia has come to harm through an act of crime or whether she is missing,” he added.

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