Police launched murder investigation ten years after mother-of-three vanished without trace

Lisa Pour was 40 years old when she was reported missing on 16 January 2013.

The mother-of-three was last seen by a probation officer in the Willesden Green area of northwest London that afternoon.

Lisa, who was around 5ft 2ins tall and of slim build, was devoted to her family and had never gone missing before. She had grown up in Queens Park and was often in the Brent and Camden areas.

In January 2023, after ten years without any contact, Lisa’s family offered a £10,000 reward for significant information that helps uncover what happened to her.

Lisa’s children Lauren-Holly, 25, and Jack Saffery, 23, said: “These past 10 years without our mother have really affected our family. She is a light that is missing in our lives and there’s not one day we don’t think about her. It would mean the world to us if one day we’ll be able to see our mother again. Every day that goes by we miss her and it is upsetting that we may not be able to see her again. Please help find our mother.”

For 10 years I have not believed my daughter has died. I always believe I’ll see her one day, and I’ll put my arms around her and give her a kiss. She was the most wonderful loving child. I miss her every day.

Lisa’s mother Linda Pour, speaking in January 2023

On 21 July 2023 the Metropolitan Police said the investigation had been passed to homicide detectives after officers concluded she had come to harm.

The force revealed that Lisa had been dealing with a drug addiction at the time of her disappearance and was staying at a flat in Kilburn High Road which was popular with drug users.

Over the years police have spoken with a variety of people with connections to the address who have repeated ‘rumours’ they have heard, but that information has never resulted in any concrete evidence.

Metropolitan Police statement in July 2023

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Rawlinson of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “Lisa was a mother-of-three children that she adored, she was close to her parents and while her lifestyle could be described as somewhat chaotic, she would not have broken contact with her loved ones.

“Every day that has gone by Lisa’s family has hoped that she would walk through the door and put an end to the agony of not knowing what happened to her. I am hoping that now, with the passing of time, someone who knows what happened to Lisa may feel that they can come forward and share what they know. If you can help us please don’t hesitate to get in touch, either directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers, but please do make the call.”

Lisa’s absence in our lives has been a daily struggle, but we always held onto the hope that she might still come back to us. To think that her last moments may have been filled with fear and pain is something that we cannot get over. Someone out there knows what happened to our beloved Lisa. Please come forward and help us find justice for her and find her body so she can properly be laid to rest.”

Lisa’s father Reza Pour, speaking in July 2023

In November 2023 a £20,000 reward was offered by the independent charity Crimestoppers for information leading to a conviction. Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

To provide information directly to the police call 101, contact the police incident room on 020 8358 0200, or tweet @MetCC.

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