Police have launched a murder investigation after two sisters were found dead following the older sister’s birthday party in a London park.
Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were discovered on Sunday lunchtime at Fryent Country Park in Wembley, north-west London.
Bibaa was a senior social worker who worked for the children’s services department within Buckinghamshire Council. She leaves behind a child.
Her younger sister, Nicole, was a Westminster University graduate.
Police believe the sisters had been part of a group who met in the park on Friday evening to celebrate Bibaa’s birthday.
The group dispersed gradually until sisters Bibaa and Nicole were the only ones remaining.
After not returning home, the pair were reported missing on Saturday evening.
Their bodies were discovered on Sunday afternoon and both declared dead at the scene.
A police statement following the discovery of their bodies said: ‘Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are investigating, with the assistance of officers from the North West Command Unit. The deaths are being treated as suspicious and a murder investigation has begun.’
Senior investigating officer DCI Simon Harding explained to reporters that: “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”
Speaking to the local press, the council’s lead 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 Henry 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 Henry 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.”