Bobbi-Anne McLeod – Mystery over how teen, 18, died as medics still 'don't know' and musician held for murder

POLICE are still trying to establish how Bobbi-Anne McLeod was killed over a week after her body was found in woodland, an inquest heard today.

The 18-year-old was on her way to meet her boyfriend on November 20 when she vanished from a bus stop near her home in Plymouth.

Her body was discovered three days later eight miles away in a wooded area near popular Bovisand beach.

Local musician Cody Ackland, 24, who was not known to the teen, has since been charged with murder.

An inquest heard how a medical cause of death has not yet been "ascertained"

Senior Coroner Ian Arrow allowed police to keep the teen's body for a "short while" while they continue to investigate.

The brief hearing was also told Bobbi-Anne's body was found after information was passed to the police.

Officers discovered her dead in woodland by a lane between the Fort Staddon and Fort Bovisand military landmarks.

The inquest was adjourned pending criminal proceedings.

It comes after Ackland appeared at Truro Crown Court on Monday where he was remanded in custody.

He allegedly murdered Bobbi-Anne between November 20 and November 23.

A 26-year-old man arrested for the same offence has been released with no further action.

Bobbi-Anne was on her way to meet boyfriend Louie Leach when she disappeared.

He waited for the teen to arrive but raised the alarm after she never showed up.

Police later discovered her headphones and a pouch of tobacco on a grass verge near the bus stop.

Tributes flooded in for Bobbi-Anne after her body was found.

Her brother Lee shared a touching childhood photo of the two of them beaming at the camera in their primary school uniforms.

He wrote: "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 will always be treasured. Now go rest easy."


Bobbi-Anne's mum fought back tears last week as she paid tribute to her daughter during an emotional candlelit vigil.

Donna McLeod was joined by hundreds of mourners who paid their respects to Bobbi-Anne close to the bus stop where she vanished.

She said: "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".

Ackland is a lead guitarist in Plymouth with indie rock group Rakuda, who regularly toured the city.

He is also the main songwriter and performed with his bandmates on BBC South West radio.

His bandmates previously announced they will be disbanding as a mark of respect to Bobbi-Anne.

They said: "The remaining members of Rakuda; Josh, Ross, Josh and Mike are all extremely shocked and in complete disbelief by the tragic event that has unfolded over the last several days.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobbi-Anne McLeod’s family and friends who must be devastated at their loss.

"As a mark of respect, we have decided that we shall not be going forward as a band and will be disbanding with immediate effect.

"We will not be making any further comments at this time."

A GoFundMe page has been launched to help the teen's heartbroken family with funeral costs.

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