Mystery of missing Owami Davies as British FBI joins the hunt
The National Crime Agency has joined the desperate search for a missing student nurse – while the mystery surrounding her sudden disappearance six weeks ago remains.
Owami Davies, 24, was last seen on London Road in Croydon, south London, walking towards Norbury around 12:30pm on July 7.
The latest sighting was three days after the Kings College student left her family home in Grays, Essex, on July 4.
But she has not been since amid growing concerns for her well-being, as the National Crime Agency (NCA) has now joined the missing persons case and is searching six reported sightings of her.
A statement said last night: “Specialists from the NCA’s Major Crime Investigative Support Command are assisting this investigation led by the Metropolitan Police.
“Contact them if you have any information to help track down Owami Davies.”
The Met has also revealed she may have been spotted in Croydon “in the days since she was last seen” and says she is still “in the area and in need of help.”
CCTV footage released by police as of July 7 shows Owami wearing a dark jacket, red t-shirt, light gray sweatpants and slider shoes. She also had a white handbag over her shoulder.
Agents downloaded approximately 50,000 hours of CCTV footage and viewed 10,000 hours of footage to verify the sightings.
Owami Davies, 24, has been missing since she left her family home in Grays, Essex, on July 4 – more than six weeks ago
The Kings College nursing student was said to be ‘very happy’ and after graduating had found a job at Guy’s and St Thomas’s health trust in London.
The Disappearance of Student Nurse Owami Davies: A Full Timeline
A mystery remains surrounding the sudden disappearance of Owami Davies, who has been missing for more than six weeks.
July 4: Owami leaves her childhood home in Grays, Essex, where she lives with her mother Nicol Davies, 46, and brothers
July 7: The trainee nurse is seen in the early hours walking along Derby Road, West Croydon, over 28 miles from her home
July 7: An unconfirmed sighting was then reported to police near nearby Clarendon Road around 7am that same day.
July 7: Police have released CCTV footage showing Owami walking towards Norbury around 12:30 pm along London Road in Croydon, south London.
She is seen wearing a dark jacket, red t-shirt, light gray sweatpants and slider shoes. She also had a white handbag over her shoulder.
July 31: Three weeks after Owami’s disappearance, the Metropolitan Police made its first public appeal for help with the search.
3 August: Detectives confirm that three men from the Croydon area – 23, 27 and 32 – have been taken into custody over her disappearance.
3 August: The Met publishes footage of Owami on the night of July 7 in a sham in Derby Road, Croydon.
Police are also calling on the driver of a white van parked on the same road.
It is revealed that she was in the company of a man and was crossing the road just as the van stopped.
Officers begin talking to the public and handing out pamphlets.
August 4: Another arrest is being made in connection with the disappearance of a 23-year-old man at an address in Croydon on suspicion of murder
August 5: More than a month after she went missing from her parents’ home, the police issue another public appeal.
Detectives say ‘they have a clearer picture of Owami’s movements’ after extensive camera search
August 7: Another police appeal reveals an unconfirmed sighting reported in Clarendon Road, West Croydon around 7am on July 7.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, the fifth arrest.
August 9: The Met continues to appeal to the public in its search after revealing that officers “searched homes and parks, viewed hundreds of hours of CCTV footage and conducted extensive door-to-door searches.”
10 August: Police then release new CCTV footage of Owami walking along London Road, Croydon, wearing ‘a striking red Adidas top’
August 16: Police say they have received reports that ‘someone of Owami’s description was seen in the Croydon area in the days since she was last seen’.
But despite the case being treated as a missing persons investigation, specialized crime officers are investigating the disappearance.
In the course of the investigation, five people were arrested and released.
Two men, 27 and 23 from Croydon, were arrested earlier this month on suspicion of murder.
Three more men – 23, 27 and 32 – were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.
The men have been released on bail until September, police said.
Owami was said to have been “very lucky” and had about two months left to complete her nursing degree at Kings College.
After graduating, she found a job at Guy’s and St Thomas’s health trust in London.
The student had worked in the ER during the Covid pandemic and was interested in disease research.
The pastors of Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Kings College London held a service for Owami today.
The hospital’s confidant said: “We are shocked by the disappearance of our colleague and encourage anyone with information to contact the police or Crimestoppers.”
Owami disappeared from the family home, where she lives with her mother and brothers, in Grays on July 4.
She was then seen in the early hours of July 7 walking along Derby Road, West Croydon – more than 45 miles from her home.
An unconfirmed sighting was then reported to police near nearby Clarendon Road around 7am that same day.
The latest confirmed was that Owami was walking along London Road in Croydon on July 7 at around 12:30 pm, heading towards Norbury.
But no further photos or footage have been released in more than a month since those CCTV footage in Croydon.
Owami did not contact her family or come to work during her disappearance.
Chief Inspector Nigel Penney, who is leading the investigation, said yesterday: “The search for Owami Davies continues, and we are conducting searches, appeals and extensive CCTV searches to locate and locate her.
“I just want to remind people that even though Specialist Crime detectives are investigating, this remains a missing person.
“Obviously we are very concerned for Owami’s well-being and she may be around and in need of assistance.
“We have reports that anyone of Owami’s description has been seen in the Croydon area in the days since she was last seen on CCTV and we sincerely hope we find her safe and sound.”
Mr Penney has urged people to look at the photos of the missing student to see if they remember seeing her in the area.
Detectives previously called on the driver of a white van parked in Derby Road when Owami last came forward.
She and a man were crossing the road just as the van stopped.
And her mother, Nicol Davies, 46, has repeatedly made emotional appeals to help find her daughter.
She said, “Obviously someone out there has seen something, someone out there knows something, someone out there has heard something.
“I beg, I ask for the help of the public, of the people, to say if you know, if you’ve heard her or seen her, if she’s passed you by, please speak up.
“All we really want is to find her, all we really need is for her to come home or know where she is.”
She continued: ‘I sit here as a desperate mother at the mercy of anyone who knows or has heard anything to help me find my baby, that’s all I ask, just help her find.
“Or her, if she’s out there and hears this, to please come home. We miss her so much, her brothers and I miss her, need her.
“We’re not complete, we just want her to come home and again, if she’s listening, she needs to know she’s not in trouble.”
Nicol Davies, 46, called on anyone with information about her missing daughter’s whereabouts to come forward. She said, ‘I sit here like a desperate mother at the mercy of anyone who knows or has heard anything to help me find my baby, that’s all I ask’
Student nurse Owami Davies, 24, of Grays, Essex, was last seen on London Road in Croydon, South London on July 7 at around 12:30pm. Police said today that the missing student may still be “in the area and in need of assistance” after some possible sightings in the area.
Dave Stringer, the Chief Inspector of the Commander of the Southern Territory, assured the community that they are doing everything they can to help find the young woman.
He said: “We understand the real fear currently being felt in our community and we have additional officers on patrol to reassure you.
“Please take the opportunity to talk to these officials about your concerns, they are here to help and answer any questions you may have.
“Finally, I want to thank everyone who helped us and helped us find Owami.
“We appreciate the excellent support we have received from both our community and our partners.”
The Met’s Specialist Crime Command is leading the investigation into her disappearance and has received support from the National Crime Agency.
Five people arrested so far in connection with the investigation have been released on bail.
Anyone with information can call the police on 020 8721 4622, or remain anonymous on 0800 555111 or online.