Detectives are ‘confident’ that two sisters who were stabbed to death in a London beauty spot last week were attacked by a stranger.
Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, were last seen on their way to celebrate Bibaa’s birthday at Fryent Country Park in Wembley last Friday.
Their lifeless bodies were found two days later, and were pronounced dead at the scene by police and the London Ambulance Service.
Officers investigating the case are trawling through ‘hundreds of thousands of tonnes of rubbish’ from a nearby refuse depot in search of ‘items of relevance’ accidentally cleared when mistaken for rubbish.
They believe that the attacker, who may have been ‘unknown to them’, was injured during the late-night incident and bled significantly.
It has also emerged that a Snapchat user warned about a man ‘killing people’ in the area and going around ‘scaring’ people a week before the two murders.
Nicole Smallman (left), 27, and Bibaa Henry (right), 46, were last seen on their way to celebrate Bibaa’s birthday at Fryent Country Park in north-west London last Friday
Police forensics at Fryent Country Park. The Met Police announced on Monday that they are treating the deaths as ‘suspicious’ and a murder investigation had been launched
The 15-year-old daughter of local resident Amanda Jacob Da Silva, 40, said her friend had posted about a man ‘going around north-west London’ on the app.
‘She said for people around Brent to beware, tell people where you are if you are going out and to call people if you are out by yourself,’ the girl said.
‘It said especially girls. It said there is a man going around killing people and the person on the Snapchat said tell people where you are.’
Police are in Fryent Country Park and the surrounding area today, handing out leaflets and engaging with members of the public in the hope of gathering information that could assist them with their investigation.
The bodies of Nicole and Bibaa were discovered at the park on Sunday. Two days earlier, the sisters had been at the location celebrating Bibaa’s 46th birthday.
Their mother Wilhelmina Smallman, known as Mina, was the first female BAME Archdeacon in the Anglican church.
Messages of support flooded in for the 63-year-old from former colleagues.
Forensic tents pictured at Fryent County Park in Wembley. Police were called to the scene after reports of the pair being found unresponsive shortly after 1pm on Sunday
Bibaa and Nicole were the daughters of Wilhelmina Smallman, pictured, the former archdeacon of Southend, in the diocese of Chelmsford
Police forensics at Fryent Country Park. Prior to the two women being discovered, their bodies are believed to have been spotted a day earlier by a woman who believed they were asleep
Acting bishop of Chelmsford Revd Peter Hill said: ‘We are devastated to hear of the tragic deaths of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry in north London at the weekend.
‘Nicole and Bibaa were the daughters of our former Archdeacon and good friend Mina Smallman. This is heartbreaking news and the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Chelmsford Diocese are with Mina and her family.’
Following a number of extensive enquiries, detectives are asking the public to help them with information about two key points.
DCI Simon Harding, Specialist Crime, said: ‘This is an unthinkably harrowing and tragic incident and my first thoughts remain with Nicole and Bibaa’s close family and friends who are going through the most unimaginable pain and suffering.
‘There have been a number of factors involved in both the incident and the aftermath which have required extra time and care in enabling us to create a clear picture of what has taken place. But what we can now say with some certainty is that Nicole and Bibaa were murdered by someone who was unknown to them.
‘Enquiries continue at pace, and an ongoing extensive search of what is a significant crime scene – including a pond – continues to yield evidence. My officers are also currently trawling through hundreds of thousands of tonnes of rubbish from a local refuse depot in search of items of relevance to the investigation, which we believe were accidentally cleared from the scene when mistaken for rubbish.