STUDENT nurse Owami Davies has been found "safe and well" almost seven weeks after she went missing, the Metropolitan Police have said.
The 24-year-old was last seen walking north along London Road in Croydon on July 7 and concerns had been growing for her safety.
But today, DCI Nigel Penney, from the force's Specialist Crime Command, confirmed she had been found and "well cared for" in Hampshire.
"This is clearly the outcome we were hopeful for – the finding of the missing lady, Owami Davies," he said.
"She looks in good health, she's in a place of safety, and not currently in this vulnerable state that we were led to believe she was in at the start of her disappearance."
Met Commander Paul Brogden said "all aspects" of the investigation are now to be reviewed to assess whether there is "any learning that we need to take" from how it was handled.
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Despite the arrests of five people and numerous appeals for information, officers were struggling to locate Owami as they trawled through 117 reported sightings.
Detectives yesterday said Owami could be sleeping rough, with no money on her Oyster card and no access to her phone or bank cards.
This was one working hypothesis, the Met said, adding that officers were keeping an open mind to all possibilities.
But after a member of the public responded to a media appeal, they were able to locate her on today.
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Owami had last been seen on July 7 after leaving her family home in Grays, Essex, on July 4, having told her mother she was going to the gym.
She was found asleep in a doorway in Clarendon Road, Croydon, on July 6 while waiting for a friend, but told Met officers that she did not need help and left.
Her family had reported her disappearance but Owami had not been marked as a missing person on the police database at that time.
Mr Brogden said this would be among the aspects of the case to be looked at in the review of the investigation.
Both Mr Brogden and Mr Penney said they were "ecstatic" at the outcome of the case, with the Met Commander adding: "More importantly I'm pleased for Owami's mother and her brother."
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Five people were arrested and bailed in connection with her disappearance – two on suspicion of murder and three on suspicion of kidnap – but police said there was no evidence that she had come to harm.
Officers today confirmed that all five were released and are still on police bail, with a decision on what will happen next following a "full debrief".
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