Owami Davies: Police watchdog investigates officers’ contact with missing woman | UK News
The police watchdog is investigating Scotland Yard after it emerged officers had spoken to Owami Davies, the student nurse who went missing in early July.
Davies left her family home in Grays, Essex, on July 4 and was last seen just after midnight in Croydon, south London, on July 7.
The 24-year-old’s family reported her missing to Essex Police on July 6 and police handed over the investigation to the Metropolitan Police on July 23.
On Saturday, the Met revealed its officers spoke to Davies on July 6 after he was called to an address in Clarendon Road, Croydon, over concerns about a woman’s welfare.
The police and London Ambulance Service spoke to her, but she told them she did not want help.
The Met later established during its missing person investigation that the woman was Davies.
The force said its professional standards body had been consulted and was not investigating the officers. But he said the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) had asked that the matter be referred to them.
In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “The Met’s Professional Standards Department (DPS) has been consulted and, as there has been contact with the police, the IOPC Fund has been informed. The IOPC Fund has asked for the case to be referred to it. The agents are not the subject of any ongoing investigation by the DPS.
“The interaction recorded on the video carried by the officers has been reviewed by members of the Independent Advisory Group and Owami’s family to ensure openness and transparency.”
The Met made several calls for information about the student nurse’s whereabouts and arrested five people – two suspected of murder and three suspected of kidnapping – all of whom were later released on bail.
The force recently issued a fresh appeal, saying Davies may be in Croydon and “need help”.
On Thursday, British Transport Police (BTP) tweeted that the 24-year-old may still take trains regularly, appear dizzy or confused and may seek to engage with women traveling alone.
The IOPC Fund said in a statement: ‘We can confirm that we received a recommendation on August 5 from the Metropolitan Police Service regarding contact officers had with Owami Davies in Croydon on July 6, after she was brought Missing to Essex Police. We are currently evaluating the available information to determine what additional measures may be needed. »
Members of the public have reported a number of potential sightings in the Croydon area and police scoured thousands of hours of CCTV to try to verify if the sightings were indeed theirs.
CCTV footage released by the Met last week showed the last known images of Davies. They showed her wearing a dark jacket, a distinctive red Adidas t-shirt, light gray joggers, zip-up shoes and carrying a white handbag over her shoulder while walking north on London Road, away from West Croydon and towards the Norbury area.
Essex Police have been contacted for comment.