Owami Davies: Third man arrested over ‘murder’ of missing student nurse in south London


The mother of a ‘caring’ student nurse who vanished more than three weeks ago has urged anyone with information about her disappearance to contact police. 

Owami Davies, 24, of Grays, Essex, was last seen ‘in a vulnerable state’ just after midnight on July 7 in west Croydon – three days after leaving her family home.

A video released by the Metropolitan Police shows Owami crossing Derby Road in west Croydon with a mystery man as a white van pulls out into the road. 

A 32-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday at an address in south Croydon. On Monday, two men aged 23 and 27 were also arrested in Croydon, Scotland Yard stated. 

Owami’s distraught mother Nicol Davies said: ‘It is obvious that someone out there has seen something, someone out there knows something, someone out there heard something.

‘I am begging, I am asking for the public’s help, from the people, to say if you know, if you have heard or seen her, or she passed you, please speak up.’

Owami Davies, 24, of Grays, Essex, was last seen ‘in a vulnerable state’ just after midnight on Derby Road, west Croydon, on July 7 after leaving her family home three days earlier. Here she is pictured on CCTV in a shop the same night she disappeared

Owami (pictured) has been missing in south London for four weeks and three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder this week

Owami (pictured) has been missing in south London for four weeks and three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder this week

Owami, who has now been missing for four weeks, was in the company of a man and crossed the road as a white van pulled out.

The van driver would have had a good opportunity to see them both clearly and officers are appealing the possible witness to come forward. 

Owami’s mother added: ‘All we really want is to find her, all we really need is for her to come home or to know her whereabouts

‘I sit here as a desperate mother at the mercy of anyone that knows or heard something to help me find my baby, that’s all I’m asking, just help to find her.’

She added: ‘Or her, if she’s somewhere and hears this, to please come home.

‘We miss her so much, her brothers and myself miss her, need her.

‘We are not complete, we just want her to come home and, again, if she is listening she should know she’s not in trouble.’

Owami's mother Nicol Davies (pictured) has pleaded for anyone with information to assist the police investigation

Owami’s mother Nicol Davies (pictured) has pleaded for anyone with information to assist the police investigation

Mrs Davies said: 'There are many friends and family who love and care for Owami and all of them want to see her safe return'

Mrs Davies said: ‘There are many friends and family who love and care for Owami and all of them want to see her safe return’

She said her daughter was ‘really happy’, had about two months left of her studies and recently secured a job with Guy’s and St Thomas’.

She said Ms Davies had worked in A&E during the Covid-19 pandemic and was interested in doing research on diseases.

Nicol, a mother of three, said they had holidays planned to Spain and Disneyland Paris, saying her daughter’s nickname is ‘Princess’ due to her love of Disney.

She said: ‘We had so many things on our calendar that we still needed to do.’

She added: ‘She’s a lovely person. Owami’s caring, she likes to help. She doesn’t hold grudges. She loves her brothers, she dotes on her brothers. She loves me. As much as we love her.

Owami's mother, Nicol Davies, said: 'There are many friends and family who love and care for Owami and all of them want to see her safe return. Owami - if you see this appeal please believe you are not in any trouble, we just want you to come back to us'

Owami’s mother, Nicol Davies, said: ‘There are many friends and family who love and care for Owami and all of them want to see her safe return. Owami – if you see this appeal please believe you are not in any trouble, we just want you to come back to us’

The Metropolitan Police released an image of Owami walking on Derby Road in west Croydon when she was last seen on July 7 and said to be 'in a vulnerable state'

The Metropolitan Police released an image of Owami walking on Derby Road in west Croydon when she was last seen on July 7 and said to be ‘in a vulnerable state’

A timeline of events from the moment Ms Davies left her family home in Grays, Essex, to the point where two men were arrested on Monday in the Croydon area

A timeline of events from the moment Ms Davies left her family home in Grays, Essex, to the point where two men were arrested on Monday in the Croydon area

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Penney said: 'Owami is very vulnerable and the longer she is missing the more we worry that she has come to harm. Owami's family are living through a nightmare and are desperate for news'

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Penney said: ‘Owami is very vulnerable and the longer she is missing the more we worry that she has come to harm. Owami’s family are living through a nightmare and are desperate for news’

‘Owami – if you see this appeal please believe you are not in any trouble, we just want you to come back to us. 

‘Please leave a message if you can to let us know you are okay, we are so very worried about you.

‘This is such a terrible time for all those who love Owami and I am pleading for anyone who can help find her to contact police.’ 

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Penney, said: ‘We are working hard to find Owami but we really do need the public’s help. 

‘Owami is very vulnerable and the longer she is missing the more we worry that she has come to harm.

‘Owami’s family are living through a nightmare and are desperate for news. 

‘I would ask anyone who thinks they can help to come forward – as the days pass the anxiety of Owami’s family will only get worse and your call could be the one they are praying for.’

Police searched a property on Derby Road, west Croydon. Police launched a missing persons investigation last month to search for the student nurse

Police searched a property on Derby Road, west Croydon. Police launched a missing persons investigation last month to search for the student nurse

Police said the three men that have been arrested remain in custody at a station in south London.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command have cordoned off a property on Derby Road, where Owami was last seen, as part of their inquiries. 

Officers are at the scene where two gazebo tents have been erected to the side of the house and the window in the front door has been smashed.

Two gazebo tents have been erected to the side of the house and the window in the front door has been smashed

Two gazebo tents have been erected to the side of the house and the window in the front door has been smashed

Student Omolade, 28, who lives next door, said he wants to move away from the area due to crime. Pictured: Police outside a property on Derby Road

Student Omolade, 28, who lives next door, said he wants to move away from the area due to crime. Pictured: Police outside a property on Derby Road

Student Omolade, 28, who lives next door, said he wants to move away from the area due to crime.  

Police launched a missing persons investigation last month following Ms Davies’ disappearance and appealed for information on her whereabouts. 

Announcing the third arrest on Wednesday, the Met Police said: ‘This remains a missing person investigation and our priority is finding Owami.’ 

The force added: ‘Owami’s family are being kept updated about the progress of the investigation.’ 

Police appealed to the public for help in piecing together Owami Davies' movements. Pictured: Police tape outside a property on Derby Road

Police appealed to the public for help in piecing together Owami Davies’ movements. Pictured: Police tape outside a property on Derby Road

The force appealed to the people of Croydon to check their sheds and outbuildings for anything suspicious after she was last seen in a ‘vulnerable state’.

The missing student has not had contact with family or work since her disappearance last month.  

Detective Constable Marie Spear said: ‘Owami was in a vulnerable state when she was last seen and we need the public’s help in piecing together her movements on the night she went missing.

‘I would urge anyone who has seen her, or knows where she is, to contact police immediately.

‘I’d also ask people in the west Croydon area to check their sheds and outbuildings and report anything suspicious or out of the ordinary.’ 

On Monday they said: ‘Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are now leading enquiries to locate 24-year-old Owami Davies because they have the resources and expertise required for a complex investigation.’

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 22MIS025307 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously. 

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