Mystery mute woman found wandering round Whitechapel - do you recognise her?
17:05 04 January 2013
Tower Hamlets police - submitted
A mystery mute woman has been found wandering the streets of Whitechapel wearing Indian garments and carrying Indian and Nepalese currency.
The woman, who was found at the end of November 2012, is being looked after at a hospital in Tower Hamlets while police try to figure out who she is – and officers released these photos today in an attempt to learn her identity.
A spokesman for the East London NHS Foundation Trust described her as “a British white woman in her late 40s or early 50s”, but said her clothes appear to have been bought in India.
He said: “She was found to have two-year-old travellers’ cheques and Indian and Nepalese currency on her person.
“The travellers’ cheques were bought in the Seven Sisters area in June 2010. Part of her signature is on the travellers’ cheque and there is a possibility that her initial is C.
“She also had a supermarket receipt from a Sainsbury’s store in the Holborn area.”
Doctors believe the woman wasn’t homeless for long, and is likely to be known to social services and have family who are worried about her.
Although the woman has been described by police as “mute”, she did once say a few words in an English accent.
Despite trying to use her possessions as potential leads to her identity, officers have been unable to find out who the woman is and have released these photos to appeal for the public’s help.
The woman, who has shoulder-length light brown and grey hair and blue eyes, has a distinctive 2cm burn scar on her back.
Anyone with information call Pc Paul Fairbairn at Limehouse police station’s missing persons unit on 020 7275 4589.