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Police have arrested three men on suspicion of the murder of missing woman Lorraine Cox, 32, Devon Live reports.
She was reported missing from the Exeter area last Thursday (September 3) having last been seen in the city centre in the early hours of August 31.
Three men, aged 22, 30 and 33, have been arrested by Devon and Cornwall Police and remain in custody.
Desperate friends and family had been sticking up posters in a bid to find Lorraine but police say that "following a significant development" the hunt for her has now become a murder investigation.
Lorraine is a Type 1 diabetic and disappeared suddenly, leaving her medical kit at home.
A poster written by her family said: "Post no parent wants to do… Lorraine Cox, last known place few minutes off Beacon Heath Estate."
Detective Chief Inspector Lee Nattrass from the Major Crime Investigation Team said: "Lorraine Cox had initially been treated as a missing person following concerns for her welfare from her friends and relatives.
"However, following a significant development in the case, we are now treating this as a murder investigation.
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"Three men, aged 22, 30 and 33, all of whom live locally, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.
"Extensive searches by specialist officers are currently taking place in and around Mary Arches Street in Exeter city centre. A cordon remains in place and the public are likely to see police activity ongoing in the area for the next few days.
"We would like to hear from anyone who believes they had seen or heard from Lorraine since September 1 as a matter of urgency.
"If you have any information that can assist us with our investigation, please contact the police on 999 quoting log 285 for 9 September.
"The family of Ms Cox have been informed of this development and are being supported by trained liaison officers at this difficult time.
"They ask for their privacy to be respected."
- Missing Person
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