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A 24-year-old musician has been charged with the murder of Bobbi-Anne McLeod, 18, who disappeared from a bus stop in Devon.

Cody Ackland, who lives in the Southway neighborhood of Plymouth, appeared before city magistrates on Friday wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray pants, and flanked by two police custody officers.

He gave his name as Cody James Ackland and gave the court his date of birth and address before being remanded in custody.

McLeod, who has been described as looking much younger than his age, went missing on Saturday night and his body was found near Bovisand beach on Tuesday, seven miles away.

Police said Friday: “A 24-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod.

“Cody Ackland, from the Southway neighborhood of Plymouth, has been charged with murder and taken into custody. He is scheduled to appear in Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 26.

“Bobbi-Anne’s family have been made aware of this update and continue to be supported by specialist agents.”

Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil Thursday night near the bus stop where McLeod was last seen.

The teenager’s mother, Donna McLeod, sobbed as she paid tribute to her daughter and thanked her friends, family and the community at large for their support.

Speaking in public for the first time, she said: “Unfortunately our beautiful Bobbi-Anne has been taken from us, but she will never be forgotten. I would like everyone to raise their candles. This is for Bobbi -Anne.

There followed a moment of silence as the crowd waved their candles in unison. The family group released around 40 balloons into the sky.

At the vigil, McLeod’s friends voiced concerns for the safety of women and girls. One of them, Ellie, 18, said: “She was the nicest kid I have ever met in my life, the nicest ones who get taken in early, and it’s just awful. No one deserves to be treated like this. It hits so hard how vulnerable you can be. “

Earlier, Devon and Cornwall Deputy Police Chief Nikki Leaper said in a statement: someone else in relation to this matter.

“A significant number of inquiries and searches have been carried out in connection with the investigation into the ongoing murder in Plymouth. These investigations remain ongoing on a number of scenes in and around the city. “

She also said that a 26-year-old man who had also been arrested on suspicion of murder was released from custody after being removed from the investigation.

Ackland attended a local school and is the lead guitarist and songwriter for an indie rock band from Plymouth called Rakuda. Named after a bar on the city’s historic waterfront, the group has a loyal following in the area.

On Friday, his group mates released a statement saying, “The remaining members of Rakuda are all extremely shocked and completely in disbelief at the tragic event that has unfolded in recent days.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Bobbi-Anne McLeod who must be devastated by their loss.

“As a sign of respect, we have decided not to continue as a group and to go our separate ways with immediate effect. We will not be making any further comments at this time. “

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