Men arrested after body found in search for teen Bobbi-Anne McLeod

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Two men are in police custody after a body was discovered in the search for a missing British teenager.

Bobbi-Anne McLeod, 18, was last seen at a bus stop in Plymouth in England's southwest, on Saturday evening. 

She was alone and en route to meet her boyfriend, the Guardian reported. A passing driver said he saw her sitting on a railing and felt uneasy about the teen being by herself, especially as she looked so young.

Bobbi-Anne McLeod, 18, pictured. Source: Devon and Cornwall Police
Bobbi-Anne McLeod, 18, disappeared on Saturday evening. Source: Devon and Cornwall Police

After failing to show up at her boyfriend's home, a short walk from Plymouth city centre where her bus was meant to drop her off, her concerned family contacted police who began searching for the teen. 

Her headphones and tobacco were discovered at the bus stop she was last seen at and calls to her mobile rang with no answer.

By Monday, the search for Ms McLeod had ramped up and an appeal was made to the public. Her brother Lee pleaded on Facebook for any information, stating: "Someone has my sister".

On Tuesday evening, a woman's body was found about 25 minutes from Ms McLeod's family home.

Police at Bovisand after a body was discovered south of Plymouth. Source: Twitter/ Sam Blackledge - ITV
Police discovered a body in a coastal village south of Plymouth. Source: Twitter/ Sam Blackledge - ITV

While formal identification of the body, found in the coastal village of Bovisand south of the city, has not yet taken place, Ms McLeod's family have been informed. 

Ms McLeod's boyfriend is with her family "helping each other through this difficult time," a friend of Ms McLeod told the MailOnline.

"They can barely speak. There are no words for the horror they are living through."

Police say two men, aged 24 and 26, have been taken into custody on suspicion of murder.

Forensic teams are now scouring a beach close to where the body was found.

Police are believed to be working on the theory Ms McLeod was abducted and are investigating whether there was a sexual motive in connection to her death, The Mirror reported.

Friends and family pay tribute to 'beautiful girl'

Ms McLeod's brother took to Facebook to pay tribute to his sister, sharing a photo of the pair in their school uniforms as children.

“Until we meet again sis. I love you," he wrote.

Forensic teams scour the area Ms McLeod disappeared from. Source: Twitter/ Sam Blackledge - ITV
Forensic teams scour the area Ms McLeod disappeared from. Source: Twitter/ Sam Blackledge - ITV

“You didn’t deserve this such a beautiful and talented girl and to have you as my little sister the adventure and journey we had been on will always be treasured. Now go rest easy.”

A friend who started a GoFundMe page to help her family described Ms McLeod as a "beautiful girl" with "her whole life ahead of her".

Local MP Luke Pollard described the discovery of a body in the search as a "dark day" for the city.

It comes just months after a gunman killed five people before taking his own life in the city.

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