Police officers had contact with missing student nurse Owami Davies in Croydon on the same day she was reported missing by her family, it has emerged.
Ms Davies, who is 24 and a nursing student at King’s College London, has been missing for more than six weeks.
She was last confirmed to be seen on CCTV walking north on London Road, Croydon, away from West Croydon and towards Norbury at around 12.30 on the afternoon of Thursday 7 July.
Footage from the Metropolitan Police shows Ms Davies wearing a dark jacket, red T-shirt, light grey joggers, slider-type shoes and carrying a white handbag over her shoulder.
She had left her family home in Grays, Essex, on Monday 4 July, three days before.
It has now emerged that officers from the Metropolitan Police had contact with Ms Davies on Wednesday 6 July at Clarendon Road, Croydon, after they were called to the location because of concerns for the welfare of a woman.
Officers attended and called the London Ambulance Service, but the woman “stated she did not want assistance and left”, according to a statement released by the Metropolitan Police.
This was on the same day Ms Davies had been reported missing to her local force – Essex Police.
However, at the time of the attendance, she was not marked as a missing person on national police systems, and it was not until 13 July that during the course of the subsequent missing person investigation it was confirmed the woman officers had spoken to was Ms Davies.
“The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) were consulted and as there has been contact with police, the matter was referred to the [Independent Office for Police Conduct],” a statement from the Metropolitan Police said.
“The officers are not subject to any current investigation by the DPS,” said the statement.
The force added that the interaction which was recorded on the officers’ body-worn video camera has been viewed by an Independent Advisory Group and Ms Davies’ family “to ensure openness and transparency”.
An IOPC spokesperson said it had received a referral on Friday 5 August in relation to the contact officers had with Ms Davies after she had been reported missing.
“We are currently assessing the available information to determine what further action may be required,” they added.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Ms Davies – two on suspicion of murder and three on suspicion of kidnap – and have all since been released on bail.
The investigation is being led by the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime Command, though it has been stressed that this remains a missing person case. Support has also been sought from the National Crime Agency.
The Met said there had been no significant updates over the weekend and that enquiries were ongoing.
Last week, the British Transport Police issued an appeal suggesting Ms Davies could be travelling on trains “appearing dazed or confused”.
The Metropolitan Police had also said Ms Davies “has been depressed, and in the absence of her medication may use alcohol to relieve her depression”.
Separately, a special service has been held by her university and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where she was practising as a nursing student, to pray for her “safe and swift” return.
The chaplaincies of King’s College London and @GSTTnhs held a service to pray for the safe and swift return of nursing student Owami Davies.
— King’s College London (@KingsCollegeLon) August 19, 2022