Police divers searching for man missing from hospital in Wanstead Park ponds

PUBLISHED: 10:56 08 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:00 08 February 2017

Police search team looking for a missing man in the lake at Wanstead Park

Police search team looking for a missing man in the lake at Wanstead Park


Police are searching for a man who went missing from Newham University Hospital, who they believe could be in one of the ponds in Wanstead Park.

Babatunde Paul Odeyemi, 54, from Southend, disappeared from hospital on December 7, and Newham CID have been searching for him sever since.

Police cars, vans and a boat were deployed to Wanstead Park at around 10am this morning and they are have sent divers into Heronry Pond and Ornamental Water.

A Met Police spokesman told the Recorder: “Information obtained as a result of their (Newham CID) enquiries has led them to this location.”

He would not go into more details.

Mr Odeyeni was taken to Newham University Hospital, after he collapsed in Fenchurch Street, central London, on December 7.

The hospital diagnosed that Mr Odeyemi was suffering from a neurological problem causing him to collapse however when they returned to discuss his results with him they found he had left the hospital.

He has not been seen or heard from since.

Mr Odeyemi is described as black, around 5ft 7ins tall and is balding with a small amount of grey hair.

Officers and hospital staff are extremely concerned for Mr Odeyemi’s health and welfare as his test results established that his condition is potentially life-threatening.

Anyone that can assist police are asked to call Newham CID on 07747 780610 or alternatively call police on 101.

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