Student nurse Owami Davies who has been missing for more than six weeks has been found and “appears fit and well cared for”, police have announced.
Ms Davies, who is 24 and studying at King’s College London, was located in Hampshire today following a call to police from someone who had seen media appeals about her.
“This is the outcome we were all hoping and praying for”
The Metropolitan Police said this was the 118th reported sighting to police and was received at 10:30 this morning.
Officers said she “appears fit and well cared for” and that her family have spoken to her.
Detective chief inspector Nigel Penney, Specialist Crime, said: “This is the outcome we were all hoping and praying for.
“My team have been working around to clock to find Owami and we are immensely relieved she has been found.”
He added: “I would now politely request that the privacy of Owami and her family are respected at this time.”
The Met said that officers would speak to Ms Davies “more fully” in due course about her welfare.
Five people had been arrested in connection with her disappearance – two on suspicion of murder and three on suspicion of kidnap – and all have since been released on bail.
Before today, Ms Davies, who is a student nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, was last seen on CCTV on Thursday 7 July walking north on London Road in Croydon. This was three days after she left her family home in Grays, Essex.
Police had been concerned for her welfare and had made appeals in recent weeks which stressed she may be in a “vulnerable state”.
It emerged in recent days that the Metropolitan Police had contact with Ms Davies on the same day she had been reported missing by her family on Wednesday 6 July.
This prompted a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in early August.
Today, commander Paul Brogden at the Metropolitan Police, said: “We know there have been concerns raised around the search for Owami.
“We, alongside our colleagues in Essex Police, will be carrying out a review of all our actions from when Owami was first reported missing to ensure we have acted correctly and to identify any ways to improve our response to finding other missing people.”