Missing nursing student: fifth arrest, police make fresh appeal

Police have made a fifth arrest and issued a renewed appeal for information about missing nursing student Owami Davies, who vanished over a month ago

Owami Davies
Owami Davies

A fifth man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a nursing student who vanished over a month ago.

Owami Davies was last seen in the early hours of 7 July in Derby Road in West Croydon.

Five men have now been arrested in connection with her disappearance – two on suspicion of murder and three of suspected kidnap. Four of those arrested have been released on bail.

CCTV images from the night Ms Davies went missing show her in a shop and on Derby Road in the company of a man. Police have appealed to the driver of a white van that was parked in Derby Road to come forward, as they may have seen Ms Davies as she crossed the street.

Police appeal for anyone with information, however insignificant it seems, to come forward

A second unconfirmed sighting has also been reported on the same day, at around 7am in Clarendon Road, West Croydon.

Ms Davies, of Grays, Essex, left her family home on 4 July, three days before she was last seen. She was nearing the end of her studies and had secured a job with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, her mother, Nicol Davies, told the Press Association news agency.

The Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime Command is leading the investigation. Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Penney said: ‘This is a complex ongoing investigation involving a significant number of officers.

‘We are now a month on from the last confirmed sighting of her. I cannot imagine what that time has been like for her family. We continue to provide them with whatever support we can.

‘I am grateful for the help we have received from the public so far, but I must again appeal for anyone who has information – however insignificant they believe it might be – to get in touch.’

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting reference 22MIS025307, or to contact the Missing People charity in confidence by calling or texting 116 000.

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