Gaia Pope’s family’s agony as Dunkirk actor is arrested on suspicion of murdering missing girl

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A TEENAGER who appeared as an extra in war epic Dunkirk is being quizzed on suspicion of murdering missing Gaia Pope.

Nathan Elsey, 19, was last night arrested alongside pensioner Rosemary Dinch, 71, who has since been released under investigation.

 Gaia Pope has not been seen since vanishing last TuesdayPA:Press Association

Gaia Pope has not been seen since vanishing last Tuesday

Neighbours say Gaia had been temporarily staying at Mrs Dinch’s house in nearby Swanage when she vanished without a trace.

In a TV interview before her arrest, the 71-year-old told the BBC how a distressed Gaia banged on her front door asking for help the day she disappeared.

She said: “She looked upset. Very upset. I am just so pleased because I gave her a cuddle and then she responded.

“Of course I want to find her and I have no idea where she is. She just seems to have disappeared.”

 Nathan Elsey, 19, is being quizzed in connection with the murder of Gaia PopeBournemouth News

Nathan Elsey, 19, is being quizzed in connection with the murder of Gaia Pope
 The 19-year-old was arrested last night alongside his grandmother Rosemary DinchFacebook

The 19-year-old was arrested last night alongside his grandmother Rosemary Dinch

Her grandson Nathan remains in custody assisting police with enquiries, while Gaia’s family described her disappearance as a “waking nightmare”.

His arrest comes just months after he appeared as an extra in Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk.

On his casting website, the aspiring actor said the role as a World War II soldier gave him “more determination than ever to fulfil my dream of becoming an actor”.

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