A murder investigation has been started in the case of a 70-year-old woman who was missing from home for weeks.
Norma Girolamy of Highgate, north London, went missing on Monday, but family and friends have not seen her since mid-August.
The Metropolitan Police has now launched an investigation into the murder and said officers are “extremely concerned” for his welfare.
Several houses have been searched as part of the investigation.
Two men, both from north London, have been arrested on suspicion of murder, fraud and false imprisonment in connection with Norma’s disappearance.
A 39-year-old man is in custody since his arrest on October 1, while a 34-year-old woman has been released on bail till the end of this month, the force said.
Detectives of the Mate Specialist Crime Command murder case are investigating.
Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn said the disappearance was “completely out of character” for Norma and urged anyone with information to come forward.
She said: “Norma has not been seen by her friends or family since mid-August. As a result of our investigation we are extremely concerned that some harm may be caused to Norma.
“There is no sign of her plans to leave her house, there was food left in her fridge and she didn’t say anything to her friends and relatives. It is completely out of character and as time goes by, it has only added to our fears that he has suffered some damage.
“Given these concerns for his welfare, and to prevent the suffering of his friends and relatives, it is imperative that anyone approach the police.
“If anyone knows anything about Norma, seen anything from mid-August to mid-September in the area where Norma lived or if you know anything about what happened to Norma, So please contact the police.
“Your information, no matter how trivial you think it is, could be the key information that helps us find Norma.”
He appeals directly to Norma, urging her to contact the police if she is safe and sound.
Any witness or any person with any information is asked to call the police on 101 or contact us via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote CAD 4006/01OCT.
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