Murder probe launched after woman, 70, missing for weeks from Highgate


etectives have launched a murder investigation after a pensioner was declared missing from her home in leafy Highgate.

Norma Girolami, 70, was reported missing to police on September 20 from Cholmeley Park, Highgate.

Police have urged her to come forward but after making enquiries are increasingly concerned she has been harmed, sparking a murder probe.

Elm Lodge in Highgate

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Two people, a woman aged 34 and a 39-year-old man, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The pair had their charges escalated from fraud and false imprisonment to murder after being arrested on October 1.

The man arrested in Islington remains in custody while the woman has been bailed to return later this month.

DCI Kate Blackburn, said: “Norma has not been seen by her friends or family since the middle of August. As a consequence 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. This is completely out of character and as more and more time has passed, this has only additional 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 lasting, 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 unimportant 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

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