Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Police and family renew appeal for missing teenage girl


DORSET: Police have renewed their appeal to trace a missing teenage girl from Dorset described as a “home bird” whose disappearance is said to be completely out of character.

Gaia Pope, 19, suffers from severe epilepsy and went missing without her medication on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 November from an address in Swanage where she was staying.

Her tearful sister Clara Pope-Sutherland told reporters: “I just want her home. The thing is she’s a home bird and she would never have done this before.

“Even when she goes out with her friends, she always wants to come back to her bed, and come back to where mum is and come back to where her safety is, and it doesn’t … it’s completely out of character.”

A coastguard-led search of the local area was stood down on Wednesday evening but police efforts to find the teenager, from Langton Matravers, continue.

She is described as being 5ft 7 inches tall, of medium build and with long, mousey blonde hair.

Her family said they do not believe she had her epilepsy medication on her and fear she may have fallen unconscious after suffering a seizure.

A Facebook appeal set up by her family urging people to help find Ms Pope has been shared thousands of times.

Dorset Police said the last reported sighting of Ms Pope was at an address in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road at around 4pm.

She was said to have wearing a red checked shirt with white buttons, grey and white woven leggings and white trainers.

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