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Bucks social worker found dead

Bibaa Henry was found unresponsive with her sister in Wembley on Sunday.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 2:37pm 9th June 2020. (Updated at 2:48pm 9th June 2020) 3-minute read.

Bucks social worker found dead

A Bucks social worker has been found dead in Wembley.

Bibaa Henry, a Buckinghamshire social worker and her sister Nicole Smallman have been named as the two women who died in Wembley over the weekend. 

Police were called to Fryent Country Park, Slough Lane just after 1pm on Sunday June 7th to a report of two women found unresponsive.

The sisters were pronounced dead at the scene and although there has not been any formal identification the police are confident it is Nicole, 27 and Bibaa, 46. 

The next of kin have been informed and their family are being supported by specially trained officers.

The elder sister lived in Brent but worked as a senior social worker at Buckinghamshire Council since 2017. 

Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Mark Shaw, said:

“We are all deeply shocked and distressed at the tragic news about our colleague Bibaa Henry. Bibaa was a well-respected, well-liked and highly-valued member of our social care team. She was very popular with her colleagues and we are supporting Bibaa’s team during this sad time.

“Bibaa was committed to caring for and supporting children and young people across Buckinghamshire. She will be very much missed by all of us here at the Council.

“On behalf of everyone at Buckinghamshire Council, can I convey our heartfelt condolences to Bibaa’s family, friends and colleagues at this most difficult of times.”

It is believed the pair had attended a gathering on Friday evening in the park, of around 10 people, to celebrate Bibaa's birthday. Both were reported missing on Saturday when they did not return home. 

The deaths of the sisters are being treated as suspicious and a murder investigation has begun.

Senior investigating officer DCI Simon Harding said:

“We are in the very early stages of the investigation and are working hard to find out what led to these two women losing their lives. Their families have been devastated by their loss and they need answers. They have asked that their privacy is respected at this time as they come to terms with this horrific incident.

“I need to hear from anyone who was in Fryent Country Park on the evening of Friday, 5 June, or early into Saturday, 6 June. The area the group were situated in is around a five minute walk from the Valley Drive entrance of the park, leading to a hill area.

“The area the group were in would be a well-known spot to sit and look over London. If you were in that area of the park from the evening of 5 June through to Sunday lunchtime, noticed the group, or saw anything else suspicions, please contact us immediately.

“You may have stumbled upon items of property, but not realised the significance of them. If you did, you may well have information that could assist us hugely. No matter how insignificant it may seem, please contact us via the incident room on 0208 721 4205, or via 101.”

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