Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Special Crime Command have released new footage of missing student nurse Owami Davies.
The new footage, discovered after extensive CCTV analysis, shows the last confirmed images of the 24-year-old Ms Davies before her disappearance four weeks ago from Croydon, South London.
Five individuals have now been arrested in connection with investigation, which police are still treating as a missing persons case. Two were arrested on suspicion murder, and three on suspicion of kidnap; all have since been released on bail.
Detective chief inspector Nigel Penney, who is leading the investigation, called on ‘members of the public who were in this area, or nearby roads, to think back and call us if they remember seeing Owami and please do not underestimate how important you call could be.
‘CCTV enquiries are very detailed to ensure nothing is missed. Every time a person reaches a junction it can mean that several new roads have to be examined to see which way Owami went. If a member of the public can give us a positive sighting in a particular road, even if they just saw her walking, that could save hours of delay and could be a huge help in finding what has happened to Owami.
‘I want to thank all those members of the public, local businesses and partners who have already done so much to help and support this inquiry. Everyone I have spoken to is hoping that Owami is found safe and well and this nightmare for her family is brought to an end. Please, if you have information tell us and help us.’
Owami Davies had been studying nursing and was close to the end of her studies, having already secured a job at Guy & St Thomas’ Health Trust.
She worked in A&E during the pandemic and was interested in doing work on infectious diseases, according to her mother, Nicol Davies.
South area commander chief superintendent Dave Stringer, said: ‘I can assure our community that all we can do to find Owami is being done. We are working closely with our colleagues in Specialist Crime, who are used to dealing with large, complex investigations and we are providing them all the assistance we can in this extensive inquiry. Everyone, I am sure, is hoping that Owami is safe and well and this nightmare for her friends and family will finally end.
‘We understand the real anxiety that is currently felt in our community and we have additional officers patrolling to reassure you. Please do take the opportunity speak to these officers about your concerns, they are there to help you and answer any questions you may have.’
Anyone with information about Owami Davies should call the incident room on 020 8721 4622. Information provided will be handled sensitively and anyone who comes forward to assist officers will be given every support.
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers. They are separate from the police, they do not trace calls or monitor IP addresses. To contact them, either call 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org