Bobbi-Anne McLeod: body found near beach during search confirmed as 18-year-old

A 24-year-old man was charged with the murder of Bobbi-Anne McLeod who went missing in Plymouth on 20 November

Police have confirmed a body found in the search for Bobbi-Anne McLeod is that of the 18-year-old who disappeared on her way to meet friends.

A body was discovered last Tuesday afternoon close to the beach at Bovisand, about seven miles from where Miss McLeod was last seen.

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Cody Ackland, 24, was charged with Miss McLeod’s murder after she went missing in Plymouth.

Ackland appeared at Truro Crown Court on Monday and was remanded into custody.

At a glance: 5 key points

  • Bobbi-Anne McLeod, 18, was reported missing on 20 November.
  • A body was found during searches for Miss McLeod, formal identification has now taken place
  • She was last seen at a bus stop as she made her way to meet friends
  • Cody Ackland, 24, appeared in court on Friday charged with murder of Miss McLeod
  • He appeared in court again on Monday

Ackland is next due to appear at Plymouth Crown court on Monday, 24 January.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Formal identification has now been completed and it has been confirmed that the body located in Bovisand on 23 November is that of 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod. Her family have been informed of this update and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time.”

Candlelit vigil held for teen

Ms McLeod left her home in Leigham at about 6pm and was last seen waiting at a bus stop close to her house as she made her way into town.

Hundreds of people gathered by the spot she was last seen to hold a candlelit vigil in her memory on Thursday evening.

A bank of flowers dotted with candles has been laid by local residents over the past few days.

Donna McLeod, the victim’s mother, was very distressed during the vigil but was able to thank the crowd for all the love and support her family has received over the last few days.

“Thank you for doing everything to try and find her and bring our baby home,” she said.

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