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Met police launch murder probe after Norma Girolami, 70, disappeared as they arrest woman and man

Met police launch murder probe two weeks after 70-year-old woman disappeared as they arrest woman, 34, and man, 39

  • Detectives say Norma Girolami, 70, has not been seen by her family since August
  • Man and woman arrested on suspicion of fraud, false imprisonment and murder
  • Police say disappearance is out of character and home shows no sign of leaving
  • Detectives say enquiries have led them to believe some harm has come to Norma


A murder investigation has been launched and two people have been arrested after the disappearance of a 70-year-old woman.

Norma Girolami from Highgate, London, was reported missing on Monday, September 20, but detectives say she has not been seen by family members since the middle of August.

As a result of police enquiries, officers have said they became increasing concerned that some harm may have come to Norma and the investigation has now been passed to homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

Officers are conducting searches of several addresses and have contacted friends and relatives, but so far have been unable to locate Norma.

On Friday, October 1, two people were arrested in connection with the investigation.

Police launched a murder investigation and arrested two people after the disappearance of 70-year-old Norma Girolami (pictured) who has not been seen by her family since August

A 39-year-old man was arrested at an address in Islington while a 34-year-old woman was arrested at an address in Finchley.

Both were initially arrested on suspicion of fraud and false imprisonment, but both were subsequently further arrested on suspicion of murder.

They were taken into custody, where the 39-year-old man remains. The 34-year-old woman has been released on bail to a date later this month

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn said: ‘Norma has not been seen by her friends or family since the middle of August.

‘As a result of our investigation we are extremely concerned that Norma may have come to some harm.

‘Her home shows no sign of her planning to leave, food was left in her fridge and she said nothing to her friends and relatives.

Met Police say there was no sign Normahad planned to leave her home in Highgate (pictured)

Met Police say there was no sign Normahad planned to leave her home in Highgate (pictured)

‘This is completely out of character and as more and more time has passed, this has only added to our fears that some harm has come to her.

‘In view of these concerns for her welfare, and to stop the anguish her friends and relatives are enduring, it is imperative that anyone with information contacts police. 

‘If anyone knows anything about where Norma may be, has witnessed anything from mid-August to mid-September in the area that Norma lived or if you know anything about what may have happened to Norma, then please contact police.

‘Your information, no matter how trivial you might think it is, could be the vital information that helps us find Norma.

‘Norma, if you are safe and well please get in touch with the police.’

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote CAD 4006/01OCT

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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