Missing nursing student Owami found ‘alive and well’

Nursing student Owami Davies, whose disappearance from her Essex home in early July sparked a police search with repeated appeals for public help, is found safe

Picture of Owami Davies
Owami Davies Picture: Metropolitan Police

Missing nursing student Owami Davies has been found alive and well after being reported missing in south London in early July, police have confirmed.

Ms Davies, of Grays, Essex, left her family home on Monday 4 July and had last been seen on Thursday 7 July in Croydon.

She was reported missing to police by her family almost seven weeks ago, on 6 July, after she left home to go to the gym and did not return.

The Metropolitan Police have today released a statement confirming Ms Davies has been found ‘alive and well’ in Hampshire. It followed a sighting by a member of the public who responded to a media appeal.

Metropolitan Police detective chief inspector Nigel Penney, from specialist crime, said: ‘This is the outcome we were all hoping and praying for. My team have been working around the clock to find Owami and we are immensely relieved she has been found.

‘I would like to sincerely thank the media and public for sharing appeals to find Owami. Your help in cases like this is crucial and we are very grateful. I’d like to also thank colleagues at Essex Police for their invaluable assistance during this investigation.’

Ms Davies has spoken to her family and will be interviewed by police about her welfare

Ms Davies, who is studying for a nursing degree at King’s College London, has now spoken to her family and will be interviewed by officers in more detail in due course to discuss her welfare.

Police said she was reported to have been seen at 10.30am today in what was the 118th response to appeals to help find her.

Last week it emerged that the police watchdog was reviewing whether to investigate Scotland Yard over its handling of the case, after it was confirmed officers from the Met had contact with Ms Davies on the evening of the day her family reported her missing.

Metropolitan Police commander Paul Brogden said: 'We know there have been concerns raised around the search for Owami.

‘We, alongside our colleagues in Essex Police, will be carrying out a review of all our actions from when Owami was first reported missing to ensure we have acted correctly and to identify any ways to improve our response to finding other missing people.’

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