City centre alleyway sealed off as part of murder investigation

Forensic officers are probing an alley off a street in Exeter city centre as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Lorraine Cox.

Devon and Cornwall Police have sealed off an alley in North Street.

Meanwhile, a forensic team is sweeping the area for evidence.

Lorraine, 32, was last seen in the early hours of September 1 in Exeter city centre.

She was reported missing two days later.

On Wednesday, september 9 Mary Arches Street was cordoned off and police confirmed a murder investigation had been launched.

However, police would not elaborate on whether a body had been found or what information led them to believe she had been killed.

Lorraine Cox
Lorraine Cox, from Exeter, who disappeared overnight August 31/September 1 2020

The road remains closed whilst police further investigate the scene.

On Monday, September 14, an extensive police search was conducted at Newton Woods in Newton St Cyres.

Up to 40 officers were spotted in the area, as well as riot vans and police cars.

Sand Down Lane was guarded by police close to the entrance of the woods to stop members of the public getting near the scene of the search. Read more here.

On Saturday, September 12, a 22-year-old man charged with Lorraine’s murder appeared in court for the first time.

Christopher Mayer, of no fixed address, is accused of murdering her between September 1 and 3 in Exeter.

Mayer, a Kurdish man, spoke only to confirm his name and age during a three minute hearing at Exeter Magistrates Court. Read more here.

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