Police watchdog to probe case of missing Wembley woman whose body was found in Scotland

PUBLISHED: 10:32 04 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:39 04 May 2016

Saima Ahmed went missing last August

Saima Ahmed went missing last August


A police watchdog is probing how the Met investigated the disappearance of a Wembley woman whose body was found four months after she went missing.

Ms Ahmed’s last movements

8.30am - Ms Ahmed leaves her home in Oakington Manor Drive.

9.57am - She is captured on CCTV alone in High Road, Wembley.

10.00am - She is believed to have withdrawn money from her Natwest account at the ATM outside the branch in High Road, Wembley.

10.08am - captured on CCTV alone entering Wembley Central Railway Station

10.18am - She is seen boarding a London Overground service bound for Watford Junction at Wembley Central station. She appears to have been alone.

11.06am - believed, but not confirmed, to have boarded a train bound for Northampton.

Saima Ahmed, of Oakington Manor Drive, was last seen on August 30 last year and reported as missing by her family the following day.

Her remains were found in the Gogar area of Edinburgh in Scotland on January 9 and was identified using specialist forensic techniques, including DNA analysis.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will probe how officers dealt with her disappearance after her family claimed police failed to trawl through CCTV images despite her pleas.

They say they were the ones who obtained footage of the 36-year-old divorcee entering Wembley Central station on the day she went missing.

She was seen before boarding a London Overground service to Watford Junction.

Her exact movements afterwards are not definite but officers believe she travelled to Hemel Hempstead, Birmingham and then onto Edinburgh.

Police are treating her death as ‘unexplained’.

An IPCC spokesman said: “The IPCC is conducting an independent investigation into the Metropolitan Police’s response to the missing person report of Saima Ahmed.

“It will look at the risk assessment applied, whether appropriate enquiries were made and how Saima’s family were dealt with.”

Anyone with information about Ms Ahmed’s disappearance should contact Edinburgh CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Related link: Body found in Scotland is identified as missing Saima Ahmed from Wembley

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