Police in London, UK have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering a Kenyan woman, who is still missing.
24-year-old Maureen Gitau was reported missing by her family on December 10th, having last been seen on December 5th as she left her home on Evelyn Street in Deptford, Lewisham.
BBC reports that a 54-year-old man was arrested on Friday on suspicion of her murder and he remains in police custody. Investigations indicate that Maureen and the suspect knew each other, Scotland Yard said.
“This arrest is a significant development in what is now being treated as a murder investigation. Whilst we have not located Maureen’s body we have reason to believe she has come to serious harm and has likely been killed,” said Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, who leads the investigation.
“Maureen’s family have been informed and they will be supported by specialist officers. This news has come as a terrible shock. My thoughts, and those of my team, are with them at this very difficult time.”
Police are appealing to anyone who knew Maureen and who saw her on December 5th in the Deptford area, or anyone who believes they have information that could assist their investigation, to call 101, giving the reference 3230985/22. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Maureen was last seen wearing black jeans, a black top and black jacket. She described to have short black hair with brown highlights at the top. She has links to the Lewisham, Charlton, Woolwich and Deptford areas.