Can this painting unlock the mystery of 'Wembley Point Woman'?

Can this painting unlock the mystery of ‘Wembley Point Woman’? Experts launch fresh appeal for information 17 years after death of Londoner who fell from skyscraper with an oil canvas

  • A 5ft 2in woman fell to her death from Wembley Point, London, in 2004
  • Her body was found in the River Brent but she has never been identified 
  • Investigators launched a fresh appeal for information on the Missing Podcast
  • Believe a painting she had in her possession could be key to unlocking the case 
  • For confidential support call Samaritans on 116123 or visit a Samaritans branch 

Investigators are appealing for information to help identify a woman who fell to her death in London 17 years ago. 

The 5ft 2in black woman, aged between 20 and 40, jumped or fell from the top floor of Wembley Point, a 21-storey skyscraper in west London, on October 29, 2004. 

But despite multiple drives for information, the woman has never been identified. 

Now the Missing Podcast, which revisits unsolved missing persons cases, hopes retelling the story of the ‘Wembley Point Woman’ might finally lead to answers. 

The key, investigators believe, could be an oil painting the woman was clutching when she jumped.   

The 5ft 2in black woman, pictured, aged between 20 and 40, jumped or fell from the top floor of Wembley Point, a 21-storey skyscraper in west London, on October 29, 2004 

Presenter Pandora Sykes describes the 2ft x 1ft painting, saying: ‘In the centre of the frame is a figure with a blank white space where the face should be. The figure appears to be holding a blue, yellow and orange tribal mask. 

‘In the space over its left shoulder are more blank-faced figures; some lying down, others touching each other’s faces. 

‘Then, over the figure’s right shoulder is a woman, staring into the space where the woman’s face should be, while a one-eyed, slightly threatening face hovers above her.’

Investigators from missing persons charity Locate International are circulating an image of the distinctive artwork in the hope it will lead to the woman’s identity. 

The key, investigators believe, could be an oil painting the woman was clutching when she jumped. Pictured, the oil painting she was holding when she fell to her death

Investigator Grace said: ‘Our appeals regarding this piece of art have not lead to anyone recognising the artwork, recognising the style of artwork, recognising what the meaning or inspiration might be. We’re hoping to get this image in front of as many people as we can within the north London area.’

Can YOU help? Key questions on the Wembley Point Woman 

 Locate International wants to speak to anyone with information on the situation and shared the following prompts:

  • Did you live in the area between Seven Sisters Station in Tottenham and Wembley Point in Brent in or leading up to October 2004?
  • Do you recognise the woman? Perhaps you saw her taking the bus along this route during this time?
  • Do you recognise the painting found on her person?

For more information visit The Missing podcast.  

The woman’s body was found in the shallow water of the River Brent, at the base of the tower block. 

Witnesses said she appeared to jump or fall from the 21st floor, at the top of the building. At the time it was being used as a rooftop restaurant. The rest of the tower block was used by businesses. 

She was wearing a maroon bomber zip-up jacket, a black leather glove on her right hand, a thin black polo neck jumper and claret crew neck jumper. 

She also wore tights, trousers, black Sketchers boots, a silver watch and had two rings: a silver band on her little finger and a metal conch shell ring on her ring finger. 

The woman was also carrying a copy of the Guardian newspaper, a black carrier bag with the lettering CPNY, a disposable lighter, cigarettes, and a weekly buss pass issued at Seven Sisters Road station, Tottenham on October 26. 

There was no purse or identification.   

Former investigator and TFL worker Gary, who now volunteers with Locate International, said the bus pass, when taken alongside the newspaper, suggested the woman could have been a commuter. 

‘Form my experience, customers have distinct patterns to where they buy tickets, to where they travel to, and how they travel. 

‘A buss pass in particular is unusual, particularly a period bus pass because generally bus journeys are what we call hop on, and hop off. People do very short journeys. 

Witnesses said she appeared to jump or fall from the 21st floor, at the top of the building. At the time it was being used as a rooftop restaurant. The rest of the tower block was used by businesses. Pictured, Wembley Point

‘Where the bus pass was bought was very important because at that time in the morning, it was clear that the person had a very close tie to that location. They probably lived very close by, probably within two miles or so.’

He added: ‘I think it’s reasonable, on the balance of probabilities, to establish that she had some connection to Wembley Point, whether that was a workplace or somewhere she frequented, usually and regularly. 

‘Those two areas are certainly key areas for us to focus our attention for potentially identifying this woman.’ 

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116 123 or go to www.samaritans.org  

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