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Petra Srncova: body found is missing Camberwell nurse, Czech authorities say

The Czech foreign minister appeared to confirm that the body that police found in a Camberwell park on Sunday (December 12) was missing hospital worker Petra Srncova.

Police have yet to give formal confirmation of the body’s identity.

Foreign minister Jakub Kulhanek said in a tweet originally in Czech:  “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.”

Officers found a woman’s body in Brunswick Park on Sunday morning. They said they had told Ms Srncova’s family in the Czech Republic, but no formal identification process had taken place.

Police said on Sunday that “the death is being treated as unexplained but initial enquiries suggest the circumstances are not suspicious”.

Ms Srncova, 32, is a senior nurse assistant at the Waterloo children’s hospital, which is run by the same NHS trust that manages Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals.

Ms Srncova is thought to have left the hospital at 7.45pm on November 28, and police think she was wearing a green coat and carrying a red backpack at the time.

Officers believe she withdrew money from a cash machine, before getting on to a bus towards Elephant and Castle.

After that police think she changed to a new bus going towards her home in Camberwell, where she was last seen.

Officers were alerted to Ms Srncova’s disappearance by a worried colleague at the hospital on Friday, December 3.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ said in a statement on Saturday: “We are extremely concerned about our valued colleague Petra who is missing. We want to encourage anyone who may have any information that could help to find her to contact the police.”



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