Police investigating the killing of 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod, who disappeared from a bus stop in Devon, have confirmed there is no known link between her and a man being held on suspicion of murder.
In an attempt to calm growing fears in the community, Devon and Cornwall police also said they were not currently looking for anyone else over McLeod’s death.
Detectives in Plymouth were continuing to question a 24-year-old man. A man of 26, who was also arrested, has been released.
A “significant number” of inquiries are going on in the city, where McLeod, who was 1.50 metres (4ft 11ins) tall and described as looking much younger than her age, went missing on Saturday evening as she set off to meet her boyfriend. Her body was found on Tuesday.
Hundreds of people attended a candle-lit vigil on Thursday evening close to the bus stop where McLeod was last seen.
The teenager’s mother, Donna McLeod, sobbed as she paid tribute to her daughter and thanked friends, family and the wider community for their support.
Speaking in public for the first time, she thanked people for coming, adding: “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”.
There followed a moment of silence as the entire crowd held up their candles in unison. The family group released about 40 balloons into the sky.
Laying flowers just before the vigil, Ellie and Summer, both 18, said they felt “sick” at what had happened.
Ellie said: “She was just the nicest kid I’ve ever met in my life, it’s the nicest ones who are taken early, and it’s just horrible. Nobody deserves to be treated like that. It hits home so hard how vulnerable you can be.”