The father of Gaia Pope, Richard Sutherland, appeared on Good Morning Britain this morning and was desperate to find out what happened to his daughter.
Mr Sutherland appeared on the show alongside missing Gaia’s cousin, as they both asked the public to remain alert and support any information they might have on the 19-year-old. [Scroll to bottom for video]
While his messages seemed heartfelt, some viewers have questioned the sincerity of his motives based on his behaviour. No one can be certain, but some people who have been following the story as it develops have taken to social media and explained their own thoughts on the case, and that something about Mr Sutherland’s interview does not sit right with them.
One person said: “Something doesn’t sit right with me about this story. Why are they saying it’s a murder investigations and then dad is appealing for her what reason do the police have to think she has been murdered. Be interesting to see how this plays out all these stories up and being family members or close relatives hope I’m wrong and she is found safe x”
Another commented: “He was meant to b crying and yet his eyes were dry even his speech the way he spoke didn’t seem real as a parent I know if that was me I wud b frantic they all seem too laid back”
And a third said: “Something is very wrong with all of this. The parents know more then what they are letting on. And that recording the mother done. What the hell was all that about???? And as for him crying or should I say pretending to cry. I have tears wen I cry. Where’s his? Its all fake. I hope she is found safe. But I think they need to look closer to home.”
A fourth said: “Please forgive me if I’m terribly wrong but each time I see this man on TV he gives me the creeps. He’s supposedly so upset and ‘crying’ but not a single tear is coming from his eyes. There’s something just not right about this case. I hope a body language expert is watching him closely.”
And a fourth seemed to agree: “I have to say, and please God I hope I’m wrong! But that’s the second interview I’ve seen with her dad and something doesn’t feel right to me either. He doesn’t look directly at the camera, no real tears, it’s happened so many times before in similar appeals for help. Let’s just hope it’s a coincidence and nothing more. Pray that she’s is found safe and well even though it’s looking pretty grim right now”
But some people seemed to think that it’s a little bit too early to begin talk of conspiracies, noting: “I shouldnt comment as such a terrible time for all the family.. But I’m shocked at these conspiracy theories already n noone knows outcome.. Find this response repulsive.. At least wait until truth is out! Poor girl”
Meanwhile, a 49-year-old man is currently being questioned on suspicion of murder.
Yesterday it was reported that Gaia’s mother, Natasha Pope, believed that she was being held against her will after disappearing last week.
Gaia was last seen on November 7th at around 4pm by her friend’s grandmother who has claimed that the teenager came to visit her at her home in Swanage, Dorset. Gaia was supposedly in an “agitated and upset” state.
Watching the #GaiaPope story unfold. Nothing really adds up. I think it’s the friends dad/uncle they’ve just arrested.
— Kadie Whitlock (@KadieWhitlock) November 16, 2017
Just watched Gaia pope’s dad and cousin on good morning Britain and sad to say but there’s something very odd about his plea #gaiapope
— Lorna Woods (@lornawoods68) November 17, 2017
The grandmother and her grandson were both arrested on suspicion of murder this week before being released under investigation.
The teenager suffers from severe epilepsy and PTSD and requires medication, and as a result she has been described as a vulnerable young woman.
Her family have since said that her disappearance is completely out of character, and as a result are concerned for her well-being.
Her desperate mother has said that she believes that someone could be keeping Gaia against her will, and has urged the public to remain vigilant and to search anywhere that could be used as somewhere to hide.
In a post to Facebook, Natasha said: “Backs of vans, in garages, somewhere she could be hidden, against her will. In a house……keep looking, be bold with respect.
“Thank you. Keep senses sharp,” she added. “HELP US BRING HER BACK! Cant bear it.”
Gaia is described as white, 5ft 7in, of medium build, with long blonde hair, and she was last seen wearing a red checked skirt with white buttons, grey and white woven leggings, and white trainers.
On the day of Gaia’s disappearance, she was seen on CCTV just before 3pm buying ice cream at St Michael’s Garage on Valley Road in Swanage.
She had been in the car with a family member who had stopped off to buy more fuel.
About 40 minutes later, Gaia was captured on CCTV once again running down Morrison Road in Swanage, which is about two miles away.
Her family have said that they have no idea as to why Gaia might have been running down the road, and have described the footage as “frightening.”
Rosemary Dinch, 71, is the grandmother of Gaia’s friend Nathan Elsey, also 19, and is the last person believed to have seen the teenager before she vanished.
Rosemary has claimed that Gaia banged on the door, looking distressed and agitated, and asked for help.
Gaia then complained about being too hot and proceeded to take her top off, leaving her standing there in just her bra.
But Rosemary apparently managed to persuade Gaia to put her top back on, but the teenager promptly left the house without her coat, saying that she needed to find a friend.
Gaia’s friend Nathan is an aspiring actor who recently worked on the Christopher Nolan epic Dunkirk as an extra.
The grandmother’s ex-husband Greg Esley has denied the suggestion that either Rosemary or Nathan could be involved in the disappearance of Gaia.
Dorset Police have said that search warrants are on-going at two addresses in Swanage, and according to reports, police seized a vehicle overnight in connection with the investigation but details of that are yet to be released.
Thousands of people have joined the search for the teenager Gaia Pope, and are spreading the word through the Facebook page FIND GAIA.
In a post on Facebook yesterday, mum Natasha Pope said: “Deepest gratitude and thanks. Desperation accumulative. Keep our heads and never give up.
“We all need Gaia back so she can follow through on her life plan. Her talents are cross the board. Society stands to gain massively by getting her back.”
She added: “Gaia is dynamic fun, exceptionally intelligent, compassionate and loving. GAIA is special indeed, so we best crack on discover the truth of things so we may bring her home very soon.”