Owami Davies (Photo: Met Police)
Owami Davies has been missing since the start of July, but there’s been little discussion about her tragic case.
The 24-year-old student nurse from Essex was last seen on CCTV in West Croydon, South London, on July 7, and police are yet to find her.
What we know so far
Davies was reported missing by her family on July 6, and then by Essex Police on July 11. The Met Police took over the investigation and launched an appeal for information towards the end of the month, on July 23.
After incorrectly identifying Davies in a CCTV image on August 3, the Met Police apologised, and re-issued a photo of the nurse in a shop on Derby Road, West Croydon, dating back to July 7.
It has also since emerged that police officers had contact with Davies on July 6, although she was not classed as missing at the time.
The Met said officers were called to an address in Croydon over concerns for a woman’s welfare. They called the London Ambulance Service too, but the woman told the officers she did not want help and left the property.
Officer say it was only later that it established they had spoken to Davies.
The Met Police will now be investigated by the Independent Office of Police Conduct in relation to its handling of the search for the missing woman.
"I remember looking at this image...and I thought 'that doesn't quite look right'."
LBC's Rachael Venables runs through The Met's early hiccups in the Owami Davies investigation, including sharing incorrect images of the missing woman.@ShelaghFogarty | @rachaelvenablespic.twitter.com/iMcIeVhIiJ
— LBC (@LBC) August 22, 2022
The police are still currently in the process of reviewing over 50,000 hours of CCTV footage for more signs of Davies, according to the BBC.
Five men have been arrested, two on suspicion of murder and three on suspicion of kidnap. They have been released on bail.
Her mother, Nicol Davies, previously told PA news agency: “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.”
She added that she was a “desperate mother” whose family was not “complete” without her daughter.
Nicol Davies added that Owami was “really happy” before she disappeared, with two months left of her studies and having secured a job with Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London.
She had also worked in A&E through the pandemic, and was interested in researching diseases.
Why there needs to be more conversation about her disappearance
Owami Davies is sadly not the first woman to go missing over the past few years.
Sarah Everard’s disappearance back in 2021 sparked nationwide concern over women’s safety. It was later discovered that she had been kidnapped, raped and killed by a then-active police officer.
But, despite the last sighting of Davies dating back to July 7, there’s been notably less publicity around her case.
The feminist direct action group, Sisters Uncut, tweeted about its concern for Davies on Monday, writing: “The racist disengagement and lack of urgency from media and state means people who may have vital information to help find Davies could have missed these callouts.
“Answers to her whereabouts remain unclear.”
The organisation wasn’t the only one to point out the lack of coverage.
I devoted an hour of my @LBC show to the search for #OwamiDavies; exploring with experts & listeners the “hierarchy of victims” i.e. why some women’s cases are afforded more attention than others. Help change that. Anyone with information pls call the Met Police 020 8721 4622 https://t.co/hvOolsMXKv
— Sangita Myska (@SangitaMyska) August 15, 2022
Owami Davies is still missing. Unimaginable pain for her family. Please please call if you have any information. https://t.co/hu8Lcau2L0
— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) August 16, 2022
Have tweeted this from Owami’s mother for weeks. Someone knows something. We need her found. Five men have been arrested and still no resolution for her poor family. #OwamiDavies five weeks. Please share. Please please help. https://t.co/4bbZ09slML
— Jamie Klingler (@jamieklingler) August 16, 2022
Owami Davies, a 24-year-old student nurse from Essex has been missing for over a month, she was last seen in Croydon. There is a lack of media coverage, so please share to spread the word and get her home #OwamiDavies#StudentNursepic.twitter.com/qlNsP7wkYC
— Kirsty H (@Kirsty_H220) August 14, 2022
🚨Somebody knows something and quite frankly I really don’t think we are talking about #owamidavies enough.
Owami could’ve been any of our family members. 👉🏽I’m calling on those of you with big twitter platforms that follow me to raise awareness👈🏽. Her family need answers. pic.twitter.com/Ep2B5HfpPj
— KWAJO- Social Housing (@KwajoHousing) August 10, 2022
We remain very concerned about our missing colleague Owami Davies who is a student nurse at our Trust.
We want to encourage anyone who may have any information, no matter how insignificant, to contact the police using the information below. https://t.co/K3ED9dmJ5G
— Guy's and St Thomas' (@GSTTnhs) August 15, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.