Owami Davies: Cops say ‘murdered’ student may still be alive five weeks after vanishing

Police investigating the disappearance of a student nurse missing for 5 weeks have revealed a potential sighting – and appealed directly to her.

Owami Davies, 24, was last spotted on CCTV in Croydon, south London, on July 7 and five suspects were arrested on murder and kidnap charges.

Police have now confirmed she was possibly spotted again in the days afterwards.

DCI Nigel Penney, from the Met Police, said: “We have reports of someone of Owami’s description being seen in the Croydon area in the days after she was last seen on CCTV and we sincerely hope to find her safe and well.”

He added: “Owami if you see this message, please be assured you are not in any trouble at all. We are only concerned for your welfare and want to make sure you are okay.”

Owami was last spotted on CCTV walking north on London Road, away from West Croydon and towards Norbury. What happened afterwards remains a mystery.

In the footage, Owami can be seen wearing a dark jacket, red t-shirt, light grey joggers, slider type shoes and carrying a white handbag over her shoulder.

A total of five people have been arrested with two on suspicion of murder and three on suspicion of kidnap and all have since been released on bail.

However, Owami still remains missing for over a month as her family hold out hope wishing the “nightmare” would end.

DCI Penney, who is leading the investigation, said: “The search to find Owami Davies continues and we are conducting searches, appeals and extensive CCTV enquiries in order to trace and find her.

“I would remind people that even though detectives from Specialist Crime are investigating, this remains a missing person enquiry.

“We are obviously very concerned for the welfare of Owami and it is possible she is in the local area and in need of help.

“We have reports of someone of Owami’s description being seen in the Croydon area in the days after she was last seen on CCTV and we sincerely hope to find her safe and well.

The officer went on to appeal directly to Owami with words of reassurance, stating that her family was “desperate for news.”

“I would also appeal to anyone who may be helping Owami, or Owami if you see this message, please be assured you are not in any trouble at all. We are only concerned for your welfare and want to make sure you are okay.

“You can contact us, or a charity like Missing People on 116 000 and just speak to let us know that you are okay. Owami, your family love you and are desperate for news, they would be overjoyed to hear you are safe.

“I would urge people to look at the photos of Owami and contact us if they have seen her or remember seeing her in the area.

“We have already had outstanding support from the local community, partners and businesses and we appreciate everyone who has contacted us or helped publicise the search for Owami.

“I know Owami’s family are grateful for all the help the public have given, please continue to help by calling police if you have any information. Your call could be the vital information that helps us find Owami safe and well.”

South Area Commander Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer added: “I can assure our community that all we can do to find Owami is being done. We are working closely with our colleagues in Specialist Crime, who are used to dealing with large, complex investigations and we are providing them all the assistance we can in this extensive inquiry.

“Everyone, I am sure, is hoping that Owami is safe and well and this nightmare for her friends and family will finally end.

“We understand the real anxiety that is currently felt in our community and we have additional officers patrolling to reassure you. Please do take the opportunity to speak to these officers about your concerns, they are there to help you and answer any questions you may have.

“Lastly, I would like to express my thanks to everyone who has helped us, and is helping us, to find Owami. We truly appreciate the outstanding support we have received from both our community and our partners.”