The ever-evolving research of Owami Davies
Do the police know what they are doing in the search for missing Owami Davies?
Under normal circumstances, the press and public would give the police the peace they need to pursue their investigations and only criticize them afterwards, where the criticism is due.
But if the reports are accurate, the course of their investigation seems to have changed so much, overnight, that many are wondering what is going on.
Let’s summarize. On July 6, two days after his disappearance, the police issued a missing person notice, but it actually disappears because it is not supported by a media player.
On July 11, the first local advertisement appears, but it is discreet. The following week, nothing except a growing concern on social networks.
The following week, on July 31, police said they were “extremely worried” about Owami. She’s been missing for three weeks. Det Con Marie Spear, from the South London Missing Persons Unit, told the BBC that people in West Croydon should ‘check their sheds and outbuildings and report anything suspicious or unusual’ .
A major change in the investigation then occurs when August 2 brings the news that two men, aged 23 and 27, have been arrested on suspicion of his murder, and that the crime police command is on. the case.
The next day, police say she was in the company of a man, and a third man, aged 32, was also arrested, but the case remains a missing persons investigation.
On August 4, we learn that a fourth man, aged 22, was arrested. The following day, three of the four men were released on bail. We clearly know that two were arrested on suspicion of murder and two on suspicion of kidnapping.
A fifth man is arrested on suspicion of kidnapping. CCTV is confirmed to show Owami in the presence of a man in Croydon on July 7, three days after she left her home in Grays, Essex. On August 9, the five men were released on bail.
On Tuesday this week (August 16), police said the ‘murdered’ student nurse may still be alive. They have downloaded around 50,000 hours of CCTV and viewed around 10,000, and suggest they are still looking in the Croydon area.
On Wednesday, the National Crime Agency joins the search for Owami. On Thursday, the focus on Croydon appears to have shifted with news that police believe Owami may be driving London trains around London.
It seems Owami’s research is vast and complicated, but that doesn’t mean we can’t ask questions.
Our investigation earlier this year found that missing black people cases were taken less seriously in general, which may or may not be relevant to the question of why it took 27 whole days to see the first national ad on its disappearance.
Clearly a lot of police resources are being invested in the case now, but what happened between Owami’s disappearance and, 30 days later, when police began making arrests for his murder presumed? There seems to be a long time between issuing a missing person notice and announcing the kidnapping and murder suspects.
More than a week after the five suspects were released on bail, police now say they believe Owami is still alive. We all hope she is. But the change in tone raises questions about whether the police were on the right track?
Nothing should be left to chance in the investigation, but now that (from the public information we have) the case has gone from missing person to probably murdered and back to missing person is a concern.
The same goes for public messages from the police that they were targeted messages at people in the Croydon area, now suggesting people in the capital should be vigilant as it may travel. Through the city In public transports.
We all desperately want Owami to be found safe and sound. Hopefully the involvement of the Specialized Police Command (August 2) and the National Crime Agency (August 17) can help.
This is clearly an evolving investigation, and the police need to expand their lines of inquiry. But the public must also be sure that the police know what they are doing.
It’s the apparent inconsistencies that cause doubts to creep in, as well as questions about whether enough effort has been made in the first month.
Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4622 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.