Exeter city centre street remains closed as murder probe continues

An Exeter city centre road remains closed for a fifth consecutive day while officers carry out investigations into the disappearance of a missing woman.

Special operations tents are still erected on Mary Arches Street, which is cordoned off from the public.

Police first closed off the road on Wednesday afternoon after an investigation was launched into the case of missing 32-year-old Exeter woman Lorraine Cox.

She was last seen in the early hours of September 1 in the centre of Exeter, and police later confirmed the incident was being treated as a murder investigation.

A man who was arrested on suspicion of the murder – 22-year-old Christopher Mayer, of no fixed abode in Exeter – was charged and appeared at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning (September 12).

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

Mayer stood accused of murdering Lorraine Cox between September 1 and 3 in Exeter.

Mayer, a Kurdish man, spoke only to confirm his name and age during a three minute hearing. No details of the alleged offence were given in court and Mayer was remanded in custody until Tuesday when he will appear before a judge at Exeter Crown Court.

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Five other local man, aged between 71 and 22, who were also arrested on suspicion of murder, were remanded on bail until October 7.

Businesses in Mary Arches Street have remained closed since the area was cordoned off. Restaurant Margoux announced it will remain closed until next Wednesday out of respect to Lorraine’s family and friends.

Owner Benjamin Doyle, who opened the restaurant in January, said on its Facebook page: “Due to recent and extremely sad events in Exeter, we have decided to remain closed for the remainder of the week and reopen again on Wednesday.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to those planning on joining us, however, we feel that this is the right thing to do at this current time.

“Our condolences and hearts go to those that have been effected during the recent incidents.”

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