Do you know what happened to these women?

Posted on: Sunday, January 02, 2011

Murder squad detectives are investigating the disappearance of two women in west London a decade ago.

Elizabeth Chau, a 19 year-old Vietnamese student, and Lola Shenkoya, 27, vanished without trace in Ealing within eight months of each other.

The Metropolitan Police is now offering a reward of up to £15,000 for information.

DI Andy Manning, Homicide and Serious Crime Command, in charge of the investigation said: "It is 11 years since Lola went missing.

"Both Lola and Elizabeth went missing from the Ealing area and we would like to enlist the help of the public to see if we can get any nearer to finding out what has happened to these two young women, I am hopeful the offer of a reward will further encourage members of the public to come forward.

"The Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Directorate is committed to the process of continually reviewing this and other unsolved investigations in order to establish what has happened: this is particularly important for the families of Elizabeth and Lola."

Elizabeth ChauLola Shenkoya

Missing: Elizabeth Chau (left) and Lola Shenkoya (right)

Elizabeth Chau, who attended Thames Valley University in Ealing, was last seen walking past Ealing Police Station just after 6pm on Friday 16 April 1999. She has not been seen since.

Police have not ruled out that she still alive and well but say they 'fear the worst.'

Bic Kuet nee Chau, 35, Elizabeth's sister, said: "It has been 11 years since Liz went missing but we have never lost hope.

"There are many difficult times in the year such as birthdays, Christmas etc. when we get together as a family, Liz is in our minds at all times. Life goes on but some things don't, I haven't changed my phone number just in case Liz wants to get in touch. Deep down I think we all know that something horrible has happened to her but we just need to know what became of her.

"I hope the reward will galvanise someone who does know what happened to my sister to come forward. I would like to appeal to them to contact the police so that we can finally try to move on with our lives".

Lola Shenkoya, 27, was last seen getting off a bus near Burger King next to Ealing Broadway tube station on the evening of Monday 3 January 2000.

Her bank accounts have not been touched since her disappearance.

Yewande Shenkoya, 27, Lola's sister, said: "I appreciate the efforts the police are making to establish what happened to my sister and I'm hopeful that someone will come forward with vital information".

A police spokesman said the two cases are being linked "for investigative purposes only".

Anyone with information should contact police at the Incident Room on 0202 358 0300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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