‘Some sightings’ reported in search of missing Owami Davies
The call for information on the whereabouts of Owami Davies, the nursing student who was last seen in West Croydon in early July, saw some members of the public come forward with potential sightings.
The search now involves two police forces, with the British Transport Police joining the Met, who use Scotland Yard’s specialist investigation units.
The Metropolitan Police said the case remains a missing persons investigation.
Police scoured 50,000 hours of CCTV to find her. A video clip shows Davies, 24, walking past a shop on London Road, looking uncomfortable and possibly distressed.
Davies’ last confirmed sighting was in West Croydon on July 7, three days after he left his home in Grays, Essex.
Police said: “Owami is depressed and, in the absence of her medication, may use alcohol to relieve her depression.
British Transport Police have issued an appeal on social media suggesting Davies may be traveling by train. “We know that Owami Davies, 24, regularly uses the rail and tube network to travel from Grays, Essex to the Croydon area. Often via West Ham and West Croydon stations.
“Owami may still regularly travel by train in a vulnerable state, appearing dazed or confused and perhaps seeking to engage with other lone female travellers. If you know where Owami is, call the police.
Met Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Penney said: ‘The search to find Owami Davies is continuing and we are conducting extensive CCTV searches, calls and investigations in an effort to locate and locate her.
“I would remind people that even though crime detectives are investigating, it’s still a missing person investigation.”
He stressed that Davies or anyone who could help him had no problems.
The Met’s Specialist Crime Command is investigating his disappearance and has provided support from the National Crime Agency.
Five men arrested in connection with the investigation have been released on bail.
Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, Croydon Borough Commander, said: ‘I can assure our community that everything we can do to find Owami is being done. We work closely with our colleagues in Specialized Crime, who are used to carrying out large and complex investigations, and we provide them with all possible assistance in this in-depth investigation.
“Everyone I’m sure hopes that Owami is safe and healthy and that this nightmare for his friends and family will finally come to an end.
“We understand the real anxiety that is currently felt in our community and we have additional officers patrolling to reassure you. Please take the opportunity to speak to these agents about your concerns, they are there to help and answer any questions you may have.
“I would like to express my thanks to everyone who helped us and help us find Owami. We really appreciate the outstanding support we have received from our community and our partners.
- Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4622 where detectives are waiting to speak to you. The information provided will be treated with sensitivity and anyone who comes forward to help the officers will be given all the support they need.
- Alternatively, information may 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, call 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org