Man arrested on suspicion of murder of Georgia Williams
Police have arrested Jamie Reynolds in Glasgow over disappearance of missing 17-year-old
POLICE are "increasingly concerned" about the disappearance of 17-year-old Georgia Williams, who was last seen on Sunday night at her parents' home in Wellington, Shropshire. Jamie Reynolds, 22, a former fellow school pupil, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Georgia, described in the press as an "aspiring model", was believed to be headed to a photo session at Reynolds's home on Sunday evening.
Her family thought she had let herself in later that night, the Daily Mail reports, but the next morning discovered she had not returned. After she failed to meet her boyfriend for a Bank Holiday trip to a concert, she was officially reported missing on Tuesday.
Police first arrested Reynolds, 22, early yesterday on suspicion of kidnapping at a budget hotel in Glasgow. This was later upgraded to suspicion of murder.
Friends of Georgia Williams claimed yesterday that Reynolds had repeatedly asked her for dates, including one on Valentine's Day, and had been rejected. It is also claimed that Reynolds, who studied with Williams at the Ercall Wood Technology College, had tweeted about falling "hopelessly in love" with a girl who was already taken.
Reynolds's silver Toyota Hiace van was captured by traffic cameras travelling from the Telford area to Glasgow early on Monday morning, though the cameras were unable to spot if Georgia was in the vehicle. The van has been seized for forensic examination. Officers are appealing to the public for help in tracking the van's precise journey from Telford to Glasgow.
West Mercia Police, with whom Georgia's father Stephen serves as a detective constable, have searched a house in Wellington while Glasgow police have checked two properties in the Scottish city, says the BBC.
Police have confirmed that Williams left home on Sunday with her phone. They are keen to locate it.
Superintendent Nav Malik said Williams's disappearance was out of character and that she had now missed a long-anticipated first driving lesson.
"We do feel she might've come to harm, given the unique and very unusual circumstances," he said.