Distraught father of nurse Petra Srncova, 32, demands answers

Distraught father of nurse Petra Srncova, 32, whose body was found by children in a London park, demands answers after police say her death is ‘not suspicious’

  • Woman’s body discovered on Sunday at Brunswick Park in south east London
  • Police investigating missing Petra Srncova, 32, are probing the woman’s death
  • They are treating death as unexplained but do not believe it to be suspicious 
  • Her father Petyr went on Czech TV to question if police did enough to find her

The death of a senior nursing assistant whose body was found in a park after she vanished for two weeks is not suspicious, police said yesterday.

‘Brilliant and dedicated’ children’s hospital worker Petra Srncova, 32, was last seen after she finished a shift on November 28.

Police were called to a park minutes away from her London home on Sunday after children out playing discovered her body. 

Scotland Yard said Czech-born Miss Srncova’s death was ‘unexplained’ but initial inquiries suggested it was not suspicious.

Her distraught father Petr last night demanded answers and questioned if officers had done enough to find his daughter. He tearfully told a TV station in the Czech Republic that London police claimed ‘they were doing everything they could… but I didn’t believe it’. He added: ‘They reassured me that the 20-member team is dealing with it and they are doing everything they can to find out the truth.’

He said he had been told there were no signs of an attack on his daughter’s body, but a post-mortem examination is yet to be completed. He added that he had not eaten for ten days with worry and was now braced to attend his daughter’s funeral and escort her ‘on her last trip’.

Petra Srncova, 32, was last seen after she finished a shift on November 28. Police were called to a park minutes away from her London home on Sunday after children out playing discovered her body

Police had grown increasingly concerned for her welfare and had issued a desperate appeal for anyone who had seen her and knew of her whereabouts to get in contact with them. Pictured left: Police at the scene in Brunswick Park

The South London park is in lockdown after the discovery of the body this morning 

Martin Hosek, of the Czech embassy in London, urged police to continue investigating what happened. 

Visiting the park in Camberwell to lay flowers, he said: ‘I’m here to pay tribute because it’s always very tragic when a young and promising woman is found [dead], especially in a foreign country. We hope the police will thoroughly investigate the case because the reason for the death is still unclear. We have full trust in the police.’

Miss Srncova left the Evelina hospital in central London at 7.45pm on November 28. Police said she withdrew money from a cashpoint before travelling home by bus and was last seen in the area at 8.22pm.

Her flatmate last night said she arrived home, but headed back out after taking a bath.

He assumed she may have taken a last-minute trip or was staying with friends. But he added that she had been ‘withdrawn and suffering from several health problems’. A concerned hospital colleague raised the alarm on December 3 after Miss Srncova failed to turn up for work.

Paying tribute, an NHS worker said on Facebook: ‘You were brilliant, dedicated and skilled and we wish it had been a different ending.’

Neighbours said Miss Srncova moved into the block of flats almost three years ago.

Her MP, Labour’s Harriet Harman, also laid flowers at the scene and said: ‘It’s just very sad. Whatever happened, a young woman has lost her life and it’s a cause for absolute sadness and grief for her family – and a cause for concern for the local community.’

A man arrested in connection with Miss Srncova’s disappearance last week was released on bail over the weekend pending further inquiries.

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