The police watchdog is investigation the Metropolitan Police after officers spoke to a scholar nurse who had been reported missing after which let her go.
The Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) is wanting into reviews officers from Scotland Yard got here into contact with scholar nurse Owami Davies on July 6, two days after she disappeared from her household dwelling in Grays, Essex on July 4.
Ms Davies’s household reported her missing to Essex Police on July 6 and the pressure handed the investigation to the Metropolitan Police on July 23.
The 24-12 months-outdated, was final seen simply after midnight in Derby Highway, West Croydon, South London, on July 7 – at some point after police spoke to her.
Greater than six weeks later, detectives are nonetheless attempting to hint her whereabouts, with police suggesting she might be driving on trains or within the Tube whereas dazed and confused.
5 males have been arrested in reference to her disappearance earlier this month and have since been launched underneath investigation.
The Met Police has confirmed its officers spoke to Owami Davies in Croydon on July 6, two days after she went missing
She was final seen in Croydon on July 7, with this CCTV picture exhibiting her strolling north on London Highway shortly after noon
On Saturday, the Met revealed its officers had spoken to her on July 6.
In an announcement, the pressure stated officers have been known as to an deal with in Clarendon Highway, Croydon, to considerations over the welfare of a girl.
Police and London Ambulance Service attended the deal with and spoke to the girl but she advised them she didn’t need assist and left.
She had not but been marked as a missing individual on the police database on the time.
The Met solely later established that the girl was Ms Davies’ on account of their missing individual investigation.
The pressure stated its skilled requirements physique was consulted and isn’t investigating the officers.
Owami Davies, 24, has been missing since she left her household dwelling in Grays, Essex, on July 4 – greater than six weeks in the past
But it surely stated the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) requested the matter to be referred to them.
In an announcement, Scotland Yard stated: ‘The Met’s Directorate of Skilled Requirements (DPS) have been consulted and as there was contact with police the IOPC have been knowledgeable.
‘The IOPC has requested the matter be referred to them.
‘The officers are usually not topic to any present investigation by the DPS.
‘The interplay recorded on the officers’ physique-worn video has been considered by members of the Impartial Advisory Group and Owami’s household to guarantee openness and transparency.’
The IOPC stated in an announcement: ‘We will verify that we obtained a referral on August 5 from the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to contact officers had with Owami Davies in Croydon on July 6, after she had been reported missing to Essex Police.
‘We’re presently assessing the obtainable data to decide what additional motion could also be required.’
The Kings Faculty nursing scholar had secured a job at Man’s and St Thomas’s well being belief in London upon her commencement, but had fallen right into a despair
The Met has issued a number of appeals for data over Ms Davies’ whereabouts and arrested 5 individuals – two on suspicion of homicide and three on suspicion of kidnap – who have been all later launched on bail.
The pressure issued a contemporary attraction originally of this week, saying Ms Davies might be in Croydon and ‘in want of assist’.
On Thursday, British Transport Police (BTP) tweeted that the 24-12 months-outdated may nonetheless often be taking trains, could seem dazed or confused and could also be in search of to interact with ladies travelling alone.
BTP wrote: ‘We all know Owami Davies, 24, often makes use of the rail and tube community to journey from Grays, Essex to the Croydon space. Usually by way of West Ham and West Croydon stations. @metpoliceuk are dates from seventh July 2022 onwards.
‘Owami should be often travelling by rail in a susceptible state, showing dazed or confused and presumably in search of to interact with different lone feminine travellers.’
The Met added: ‘Owami has been depressed and within the absence of her medicine could use alcohol to relieve her despair.’
Members of the general public have reported quite a few potential sightings of the 24-12 months-outdated within the Croydon space and police have been scouring 1000’s of hours of CCTV attempting to confirm whether or not the sightings have been her.
The PA information company has contacted the IOPC and Essex Police for remark.