The brother of teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod has paid tribute to his “beautiful sister” after a woman’s body was found at the end of a frantic three-day search in Plymouth.
Lee McLeod posted a picture of himself and Bobbi in a school yearbook photo to Facebook as two men were arrested in connection with her disappearance.
He wrote: “Until we meet again sis. I love you. You didn’t deserve this. Such a beautiful and talented girl. To have you as my sister, the adventure we have been on will always be treasured. Now go rest easy sis.”
Lee had been posting urgent updates on the search claiming his sister’s phone had been turned off and handed into police after she failed to get on a bus to visit friends.
Two men, aged 24 and 26, from Plymouth, remain in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.
Chief Superintendent Matt Longman confirmed the discovery of a body “with great sadness” at a press conference on Tuesday evening, saying that it was “weighing heavy on the people of Plymouth”.
Ms McLeod left her home in Leigham about 6pm on Saturday and had been due to catch a bus into the city centre to meet friends.
She never arrived and Devon and Cornwall police have been conducting searches and inquiries across Plymouth, the force said, supported by a police helicopter.
Police found the body near Bovisand, south of Plymouth, after receiving information.
Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a body during searches for missing 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod from #Plymouth. Two men remain in police custody.
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— Devon & Cornwall Police (@DC_Police) November 23, 2021
A Facebook page created to help find her attracted more than 10,000 members, though the group was deleted on Tuesday as per the family’s wishes, according to a person who helped set it up.
Investigators said the body had been located near Bovisand in South Hams on the south coast of Devon after information was passed to the police.
Devon and Cornwall Police said formal identification has yet to be carried out, but that Ms McLeod’s family had been informed of the development and are being supported by officers.
Chief Superintendent Matt Longman said: “This is weighing heavy on the people of Plymouth tonight, it really is.
“And I would just like to send my thoughts to the friends and family of Bobbi-Anne; that actually feels like it’s a relatively inadequate thing to say at such a time.
“But we are continuing to do everything we can to understand exactly what’s happened around this event”.
He also thanked his teams and the public for their “dedication and efforts” and “working hand-in-hand tirelessly really over the last few days to try and find the location of Bobbi-Anne”.
Plymouth MP, Luke Pollard, urged the community to pull together as they had after the mass shooting in the Keyham area of the city this summer.
The Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport tweeted: “It is devastating news for our city that a body has been discovered in the search for missing Bobbi-Anne.
“My thoughts and love are with the family. We await news from the police but this is another dark day for our city. Let’s pull together in the same way we did after Keyham.”