Police are continuing to ask for the public’s help in locating Nirla Sharma, a 44-year-old New Westminster resident who went missing a week ago.
According to police, Nirla Sharma was last seen in her home in the 300 block of Lawrence Street in New West on February 23 at 9 pm.
“Mrs. Sharma was wearing pink pyjamas with a pink T-shirt and had gone to bed,” said a release from New West PD.
“At approximately 4 am on February 24, a family member reports hearing the front door chime activate. Mrs. Sharma typically arrives at work in Vancouver at approximately 6:30 am, but she did not attend work that morning.”
Police say that they’re concerned that Sharma didn’t show up for work and that “there’s no obvious reason why she left at 4 am.”
“She left without telling anyone, and did not take any of her personal belongings, which is out of character for her,” stated Sergeant Jeff Scott.
Now, as investigators continue to review video footage, they’ve released a clip that shows Sharma walking alone in the Queensborough Landing Business area at 3:27 am. Police also say that earlier this week, footage which was believed to be Sharma was widely shared; however, it’s been determined that the footage did not show Sharma.
“We are asking that anyone with dash-cam footage who was driving over the Queensborough bridge on February 24th between 3:30 am and 5:00 am to please come forward,” says Sgt. Scott. “As the days go by, we become more and more concerned for her wellbeing.”
Sharma is described as a South Asian female, standing 5’3”, with a slim build weighing approximately 138 lbs. She has a medium complexion, short black hair, and brown eyes.
Police say that Sharma was last seen wearing pyjamas, but she may be wearing a black jacket with a hood and orange Nike shoes.
Sharma has a tattoo on her left arm of an OM symbol and tattoos of a crown on her right wrist, a rose on her tailbone, and a design on her left ankle.
Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts or her disappearance is asked to contact the New Westminster Police tip line at 604-529-2430.