A 24-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Bobbi-Anne McLeod, who disappeared in Plymouth on Saturday evening as she waited at a bus stop on the way to visit her boyfriend.
A body, believed to be that of the missing teenager, was found on Tuesday afternoon close to a beach in Bovisand, around seven miles from where she was last seen.
Cody Ackland, who was arrested on Tuesday, has now been charged with Ms McLeod’s murder, Devon and Cornwall Police said.
He is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court later on Friday.
The 18-year-old’s family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, the force said.
The force said on Thursday there was “no known link” between Ms McLeod and the suspect.
Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper said investigators were not seeking anyone else in connection with the killing.
Bobbi-Anne was last seen on Saturday waiting at a bus stop in Plymouth, Devon, as she was on her way to meet her boyfriend, but her ticket was never used and she did not arrive.
Her headphones and tobacco were found at the scene and her phone was handed to the police.
Hundreds of people gathered near the bus stop to hold a candlelit vigil in her memory on Thursday.