Student nurse Owami Davies has been found safe and well nearly seven weeks after she was first reported missing.
The discovery came as a result of a call to police at 10.30am today from a member of the public who had seen media appeals.
There had been 117 previous reported sightings of Ms Davies to the police.
Her family, who first reported her missing on 6 July, have spoken to Ms Davies. Police will also speak to Ms Davies more fully ‘in due course’ about her welfare.
Before she went missing, Ms Davies had been nearing the end of her studies at King’s College, London. She had secured a job with Guys St Thomas Trust after working as an A&E nurse during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Detective chief inspector Nigel Penney of specialist crime, Metroplitan Police, said it was ‘the outcome we were all hoping and praying for’.
He added: ‘My team have been working around the clock to find Owami and we are immensely relieved she has been found.’
‘I would like to sincerely thank the media and public for sharing appeals to find Owami. Your help in cases like this is crucial and we are very grateful. I’d like to also thank colleagues at Essex Police for their invaluable assistance during this investigation.
‘I would now politely request that the privacy of Owami and her family are respected at this time.’
Commander Paul Brogden added: ‘We know there have been concerns raised around the search for Owami. We, alongside our colleagues in Essex Police, will be carrying out a review of all our actions from when Owami was first reported missing to ensure we have acted correctly and to identify any ways to improve our response to finding other missing people.’
Ms Davies had been found sleeping in a doorway on 6 July by Metropolitan Police Officers on the same day that her famil had reported her missing to Essex Police. The Met said she was not marked as a missing person the national police systems at the time they had spoken to her.