Watchdog investigates Met Police after officers speak with missing Owami Davies

The police watchdog is investigating Scotland Yard after officers came into contact with a student nurse who had been reported missing.

Owami Davies, 24, from Grays, Essex, left her family home on July 4 and was last seen just after midnight in Derby Road, West Croydon, south London, on July 7, but did not not been found.

Ms Davies’ family reported her missing to Essex Police on July 6 and the force handed over the investigation to the Metropolitan Police on July 23.

On Saturday, the Met revealed its officers had spoken to Ms Davies on July 6.

Police outside a property in Derby Road (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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In a statement, the force said officers had been called to an address in Clarendon Road, Croydon, to be concerned about the welfare of a woman.

Police and London Ambulance Service attended the address and spoke to the woman, but she told them she did not want help and drove off.

Ms Owami had not yet been marked as a missing person in the police database at the time.

The Met only later established that the woman was Ms Davies following their missing person investigation.

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 Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) has been consulted and, as there has been contact with the police, the IOPC Fund has been informed.

“The IOPC Fund has asked that the case be referred to them.

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CCTV image of Owami Davies crossing Derby Road (Metropolitan Police/PA)

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“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 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 necessary.”

The Met made several appeals for information about Ms Davies’ whereabouts and arrested five people – two suspected of murder and three suspected of kidnapping – all of whom were later released on bail.

The force issued a fresh appeal earlier this week, saying Ms Davies may be in Croydon and ‘need help’.

Owami Davies (Metropolitan Police/AP)

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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.

BTP wrote: “We are aware that Owami Davies, 24, regularly uses the rail and tube network to travel from #Grays, Essex to the #Croydon area. Often via #WestHam and #WestCroydon stations. @metpoliceuk is looking at dates from July 7, 2022.

“Owami may still regularly travel by train in a vulnerable state, appearing dazed or confused and perhaps seeking to engage with other lone female travelers.”

The Met added: “Owami has been depressed and in the absence of her medication may use alcohol to relieve her depression.”

Members of the public have reported a number of potential sightings of the 24-year-old in the Croydon area and police combed through thousands of hours of CCTV to try to verify if the sightings were indeed of her.

The PA news agency has contacted the IOPC Fund and Essex Police for comment.

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