Rock guitarist, 24, appears in court for murder of missing teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod
Cody Ackland, 24, was arrested on Tuesday and is now charged with her murder.
Ms McLeod was returning from her home in Leigham, Plymouth, to meet her boyfriend Louie Leach when she disappeared. She was last seen at a bus stop.
Her boyfriend sounded the alarm after she never showed up.
Police found Ms McLeod’s discarded headphones and a tobacco pouch on a grassy edge near the bus stop, triggering a frantic three-day search.
A body, believed to be that of Ms. McLeod, was then found in Bovisand, 11 kilometers from her home.
Ackland, the lead guitarist of local indie rock band Rakuda, walked into Plymouth Magistrates’ Court today covered in a blanket.
He only spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address and was remanded into custody to appear in Plymouth Crown Court on Monday.
Rakuda removed her group’s photos from the Facebook page and changed her profile picture to a candle – a tribute to Bobbi-Anne McLeod.
The group, which goes by the name of Bar Rakuda in central Plymouth, had listed their influences as Oasis, Kasabian and The Strokes.
Since Ackland became a suspect, the group has announced that they are going their separate ways.
They wrote on Facebook: “The remaining members of Rakuda; Josh, Ross, Josh and Mike are all extremely shocked and completely in disbelief by the tragic event that has unfolded over the past few 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 commenting further at this time. “
Josh Greenless, singer of Rakuda, told MailOnline: “The first time I heard about it was when the police started to search Cody’s house. He’s an integral part of our group and it’s all a bit shocking.
A 26-year-old man arrested for the same offense was released without further action.
In a statement, Devon and Cornwall Police said: “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.
“Bobbi-Anne’s family have been made aware of this update and continue to be supported by specialist agents.”
Deputy Police Chief Nikki Leaper said officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with the case.
Police said a second man who had previously been arrested in connection with the case has been released, with no further action to be taken.
Hundreds of people gathered at a bus stop Thursday night where Ms McLeod was last seen at a candlelight vigil.
Donna McLeod, the victim’s mother, bit back tears during the vigil but was able to thank the crowd for all the love and support her family has received over the past few days.
“Thank you for doing everything to try to find her and bring our baby home,” she said.
“I want to thank everyone for coming, on behalf of the family. It’s good that everyone comes together under the circumstances.
“Unfortunately, our beautiful Bobbi-Anne has been taken from us, but she will never be forgotten.
“I would like everyone to raise their candles. It’s for Bobbi-Anne.
A GoFundMe page has raised nearly £ 14,000 to help Mrs McLeod’s devastated family with funeral costs.