Owami Davies: Four arrested on suspicion of murder as search for nursing student continues

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the disappearance of a missing nursing student.

Owami Davies, 24, left her home in Grays, Essex, and was last seen just after midnight on Derby Road in West Croydon on July 7.

A 22-year-old man became the fourth person arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police said. Three other men aged 32, 27 and 23 are still in detention.

Police released footage of Ms Davies the night she was last seen in a shop and CCTV of her walk down Derby Road.

Officers want to speak to the driver of a white van which was parked in Derby Road, saying Ms Davies was with a man and crossed the road just as she pulled out.

CCTV showed Owami at a store in West Croydon where she was last seen

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They say the van driver would have had a good opportunity to see them both clearly and are asking this possible witness to come forward.

Speaking at New Scotland Yard on Wednesday, Owami’s mother Nicol Davies said: “It’s obvious someone out there has seen something, someone out there knows something, someone over there heard something.

“I beg, I ask for the help of the public, the people, to say if you know, if you have heard or seen her, or if she has crossed paths with you, please speak up. All we really want is to find her, all we really need is for her to come home or know where she is

“I’m sitting here as a desperate mother at the mercy of anyone who knows or has heard of anything to help me find my baby, that’s all I’m asking for, just help finding her.”

She added, “Or her, if she’s somewhere and hears this, please come home.”

Nicol Davies wipes away tears while speaking to the media (Aaron Chown/PA)

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“We miss her so much, her brothers miss her and I miss her, we need her.

“We’re not complete, we just want her to come home and, again, if she’s listening, she needs to know she’s got no issues.”

Detectives have also extended the search to a property on Derby Road where the student is believed to have last been spotted.

Police said she was in a ‘vulnerable condition’ when last seen and urged Croydon residents to check their sheds and outbuildings for anything suspicious.

The Metropolitan Police said the disappearance remains a missing person investigation, but said detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command were now carrying out inquiries to locate the 24-year-old in the “complex” investigation.

Metropolitan Police said Owami was in a ‘vulnerable condition’ when last seen

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Chief Detective Inspector Nigel Penney of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command is leading the investigation and says:

“While a new arrest has been made, this is still a missing person investigation and our priority is, and always has been, finding Owami.

“I would continue to appeal to anyone with information on Owami’s whereabouts to get in touch with my team. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to the police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers – they will not ask your identity or trace your call.

Owami has not been seen by her family for almost a month

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Mr Penney added: “We are working hard to find Owami, but we really need the public’s help – the longer she is missing, the more we fear she may be harmed.

“Following extensive CCTV investigations, we have a clearer picture of Owami’s movements, but we still need the public to contact us and tell us what they know. We would obviously like to speak to the driver of the white van that passed Owami at Derby Road, but anyone with information should call.

Officers asked anyone with information about Owami’s whereabouts to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting reference 22MIS025307.

You can also contact the charity Missing People confidentially on 116 000.

Brandon D. James