Woman’s body feared to be missing nurse Petra Srncova found in London park

A BODY has been found in the search for missing nurse Petra Srncova.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the missing 32-year-old’s family in the Czech Republic had been informed that a woman’s body had been discovered close to where Petra went missing.

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Petra’s family have been informed that a body has been foundCredit: UkNewsinPictures
A cordon was in place around Brunswick Park in South East London

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A cordon was in place around Brunswick Park in South East LondonCredit: UkNewsinPictures

Formal identification is yet to take place.

However, police are believed to be investigating a report of an ‘odd man’ stalking staff at the hospital where Petra worked.

One NHS worker claimed on social media that a nurse said she was being followed as she left the hospital.

The woman tweeted the Met Police directly, writing: “I was on the phone to her.

“She told me not to get off (the call) and pretended to be meeting me at the station because she had an odd man following.”

The force has made contact with the paediatric nurse and called for anyone with information to come forward.

A cordon remains in place, while a blue forensics tent has been set up in Brunswick Park, South East London closed to the public.

The woman’s body was reportedly discovered around 11am by a group of children playing in the park, which is close to Peckham and Camberwell.

Mum-of-two Selda Kayam, 36, told MyLondon the grim discovery was made by her friend’s children.


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She said: “When my friend’s kids were running around the park, that’s when they saw it. It’s really shocking.”

Another resident who lives nearby said an item of clothing had been found and locals had been quizzed by cops.

Petra, a senior nurse assistant at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, has been missing since November 28.

She disappeared after leaving work at about 7.45pm that Sunday evening.

She withdrew cash before getting on a bus towards Elephant and Castle, South London.

Petra then changed to another bus, travelling towards her home in Camberwell, South London, and was last seen at about 8.22pm.

A man has been arrested in connection with her disappearance and is in custody.

A spokesperson for the Met said: “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.”

Meanwhile, Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulahnek said the Met confirmed they had found the body of a missing Czech citizen.

He said: “Very sad news: The British police unfortunately confirmed to our embassy in London this afternoon that they had found the body of a missing Czech citizen.

“The cause of death is being investigated. With regard to the family, we will not provide more information about the case. Condolences.”

A spokesperson for the Czech embassy wrote on Twitter: “We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased Czech citizen.

“With regards to the privacy of the family, we will not provide any further comments to the case.

Blue-suited forensic workers were seen earlier today carrying out searches of the area

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Blue-suited forensic workers were seen earlier today carrying out searches of the areaCredit: BPM
The park is reportedly closed to the public

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The park is reportedly closed to the publicCredit: BPM
Cops were at the scene in South East London

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Cops were at the scene in South East LondonCredit: UkNewsinPictures
One local said residents had been quizzed by cops

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One local said residents had been quizzed by copsCredit: BPM
A blue forensics tent was also in place

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A blue forensics tent was also in placeCredit: UkNewsinPictures

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