Missing student Owami Davies could still be alive and 'need help' after six-week hunt


The 24-year-old nursing student has been missing for six weeks. She was last seen in Croydon, south London, on July 7. The police launched a fresh appeal to find Ms Davies, saying it is “possible she is in the local area and in need of help”. Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder and three others on suspicion of kidnap. The men, aged between 23 and 32, have been released on bail.

Police are trawling through CCTV as part of their search for Ms Davies.

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Penney, who is leading the investigation, said the police are “very concerned” about Ms Davies’ welfare.

He said someone of her description had been sighted in the Croydon area after she was last sighted on CCTV.

The last CCTV footage of Ms Davies was taken at about 12.30am on Thursday 7 July.

She was seen wearing a dark jacket, red t-shirt, light grey joggers, slider-type shoes and carrying a white handbag over her shoulder.

She was walking north on London Road, Croydon away from West Croydon and towards Norbury.

DCI Penney said: “The search to find Owami Davies continues and we are conducting searches, appeals and extensive CCTV enquiries in order to trace and find her.

“I would remind people that even though detectives from Specialist Crime are investigating, this remains a missing person enquiry.

“We are obviously very concerned for the welfare of Owami and it is possible she is in the local area and in need of help.

“We have reports of someone of Owami’s description being seen in the Croydon area in the days after she was last seen on CCTV and we sincerely hope to find her safe and well.”

He added: “I would also appeal to anyone who may be helping Owami, or 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.

“You can contact us, or a charity like Missing People on 116 000 and just speak to let us know that you are okay.

“Owami, your family love you and are desperate for news, they would be overjoyed to hear you are safe.

“I would urge people to look at the photos of Owami and contact us if they have seen her or remember seeing her in the area.”

South Area Commander Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, added: “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.”


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