Four men arrested after missing person inquiry becomes murder investigation
Written by on 10 September 2020
Four men have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a 32-year-old woman.
Lorraine Cox was last seen in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 1 September in Exeter, with Devon and Cornwall Police initially treating her as a missing person.
Following a “significant development in the case”, four men – aged 22, 30, 33 and 71 – were detained by officers on suspicion of murder.
It was initially announced that three men had been arrested in connection with the suspected killing.
A police spokesperson later added that a fourth man, 71, had also been apprehended.
Speaking after the first arrests, Lee Nattrass, Detective Chief Inspector of Devon and Cornwall Police, 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.
“Three men, aged 22, 30 and 33, all of whom live locally, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.”
A spokesperson said later: “A fourth man has been arrested in connection to this matter.
“A 71-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody at this time.”
Missing posters had been erected around the area with photos of Ms Cox, including one taken on the evening of her disappearance.
The 32-year-old’s last known location was near the Beacon Heath Estate, just over two miles from where the police cordons were set up.
DCI Nattrass added: “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 1 September 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.”