Detectives from the Metropolitan Police special crime command have renewed their appeal to find missing student nurse Owami Davies, issuing a message for Ms Davies for the first time.
It has now been almost six week since Owami Davies, 24, was last seen by CCTV on 7 July walking down London Road, Croydon. Now police believe that ‘it is possible she is in the local area and in need of help’.
Issuing a statement directly addressing Ms Davies for the very first time, detective chief inspector Nigel Penney, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘Owami if you see this message, please be assured you are not in any trouble at all. We are only concerned for your welfare and want to make sure you are okay.
‘Owami, your family love you and are desperate for news, they would be overjoyed to hear you are safe.’
There have been several reports of someone matching Ms Davies’ description in Croydon following her disappearance and the police say that they are conducting ‘extensive CCTV enquiries in order to trace and find her.’
Once again, the police reiterate that Owami Davies’ disappearance is still being considered a missing persons case.
There have been five arrests so far in connection with case. Three were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and two on suspicion of murder. However, all have been released on bail pending more investigation.
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 to speak to these officers about your concerns, they are there to help you and answer any questions you may have. Lastly, I would like to express my thanks to everyone who has helped us, and is helping us, to find Owami. We truly appreciate the outstanding support we have received from both our community and our partners.’
Anyone with information about Owami Davies should call the incident room on 020 8721 4622 where detectives are waiting to speak. 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, and do not trace calls or monitor IP addresses. To contact them, either call 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org