Bobbi-Anne McLeod, 18, went missing on November 20 in Plymouth, Devon. Three days later, Devon and Cornwall Police found a body near Bovisand, South Ham. It has today been confirmed it was Ms McLeod’s.
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.
“Whilst of course we understand the public interest in these updates, we remind the public that this is a live and active case and we ask members of the public not to speculate on social media.”
Ms McLeod was reported missing after last being seen at a bus stop near her home in Plymouth around 6pm as she was on her to the city centre to meet her boyfriend.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found on the beach.
A police spokesman said last week: “Two men aged 24 and 26 from Plymouth have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody at this time.”
A vigil was held for Ms McLeod on Thursday night. Hundreds of people gathered next to the bus stop where she was last seen.
Surrounded by other family members, Ms McLeod’s mother read from a piece of paper: “I would like to thank everyone for coming, on behalf of the family.
“It’s nice everyone is coming together in the circumstances.
“Unfortunately, our beautiful Bobbi-Anne has been taken from us, but she will never be forgotten.
“I’d like everyone to hold their candles up. This is for Bobbi-Anne.”
Her bother, Lee McLeod, wrote on Facebook: “Until we meet again sis, I love you.
“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.”
He had previously taken to social media to ask for help in finding his sister: “I’m begging everyone single person in Plymouth help me search everywhere search everything.
“Someone has my f***ing sister.”