Body is found in hunt for missing nurse: ‘Playing children’ discover woman’s body in south London park close to where Petra Srncova, 32, vanished two weeks ago
- The discovery was made in Brunswick Park, South East London by group of children this morning
- Petra Srncova had last been seen leaving work on 28 November and was reported missing by concerned colleague on December 3
- Man was arrested in connection with her disappearance but released on bail earlier today
- Police have said the body is being formally identified and Ms Srncova’s family have been informed
- There is a huge police cordon at the scene as forensics investigate
- Residents are ‘unsettled’ and ‘scared’ and some no longer feel safe in the area
A body has been found in the hunt for missing nurse Petra Srncova at a south London park, close to where she vanished two weeks ago.
The discovery was made in Brunswick Park, South East London and the park was then closed by police who arrived on scene just before lunchtime.
There is a huge police cordon while forensics carry out investigations at the scene and at this stage the death is being treated as unexplained
Ms Srncova’s family in the Czech Republic have been informed although formal identification has yet to take place.
The senior nurse assistant is believed to have left the Evelina London Children’s hospital at 7.45pm on November 28, wearing a green coat and carrying a red backpack at the time.
It is understood that she withdrew money from a cashpoint, before getting onto a bus towards Elephant and Castle.
She is then thought to have changed to a new bus travelling towards her home address in Camberwell, where she was last seen at 8.22pm.
Ms Srncova was reported missing by a concerned colleague on December 3 after she failed to turn up for work which was ‘out of character’ for her.
A body has been found in the hunt for missing nurse Petra Srncova (pictured) at a south London park, close to where she vanished two weeks ago
Missing person posters (left) were placed around London in a desperate bid to find the nursing assistant after she was last seen 2 weeks ago and yesterday MP Harriet Harman (right) spoke about her disappearance
A man who had been arrested in connection with her disappearance was released on bail earlier on Sunday.
Officers had been searching a property on Elmington Street in Camberwell for the last three days.
Ms Srncova’s family were said by Harriet Harman MP for Camberwell on Saturday to be ‘desperately worried’.
Police had grown increasingly concerned for her welfare and had issued a desperate appeal for anyone who had seen her and knew of her whereabouts to get in contact with them.
Police had grown increasingly concerned for her welfare and had issued a desperate appeal for anyone who had seen her and knew of her whereabouts to get in contact with them. Pictured left: Police at the scene in Brunswick Park
Selda Kayam, 36, resident and mother-of-two told MyLondon that it was her friend’s children who had discovered the body in the park this morning.
She said: ‘It’s quite scary for us, we feel like we’re not safe anymore.
‘I’m not really feeling comfortable. I’m not sure if I would take my children back to that park.
‘When my friend’s kids were running around the park, that’s when they saw it. It’s really shocking.’
The South London park is in lockdown after the discovery of the body this morning
And another person living in the area called Fred said he was feeling ‘unsettled’.
He also said there was a murder in the area about a month ago before this latest incident.
The man said he has not had trouble in the area but has been left unsettled knowing the body was discovered opposite his house.
Police have informed Ms Srncova’s family of the development but formal identification has yet to take place. Pictured: The police cordon at the scene in Brunswick Park today
A spokesman from Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police have been appealing for information to trace missing senior nurse assistant Petra Srncova from Camberwell.
At approximately 11:40hrs on Sunday, 12 December police were called by a member of the public to reports of the body of a woman that had been found in Brunswick Park, SE5.
‘Officers remain on scene at the location.
‘At this early stage, the woman’s death is being treated as unexplained.
‘While formal identification awaits, Petra’s family have been informed of this development.’
Investigations are ongoing by forensics (left and right) but many residents have been questioned by police
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