Carole Waugh disappearance: Police confirm prostitution link

Carole Waugh
Image caption Carole Waugh has not been since by her family since April

Scotland Yard has confirmed that murder squad detectives are looking into whether the missing oil executive Carole Waugh was a prostitute.

The confirmation comes after police made another arrest in connection with the disappearance.

This followed an appeal by Scotland Yard after it released CCTV footage that showed a man outside a supermarket in Enfield, north London, where Miss Waugh's bank card was used.

Miss Waugh was last seen in April.

Det Ch Insp John McFarlane, senior investigating officer, said: "She met a number of men through a variety of internet sites including dating websites. Prostitution is one line of inquiry.

"We still need to speak to a number of men she has met with."

The latest man to be arrested was detained earlier and is the ninth person to be arrested so far.

'Fraudulent transactions'

Concern is growing about Miss Waugh after another man tried to sell her flat in Marylebone, central London, by posing as her brother.

Seven of those already questioned have been bailed.

Police are appealing for anyone who knows Miss Waugh, who moved to London in 2008, to come forward.

She is originally from Durham. Since her mid-20s she has spent time living in Libya and London.

Mr McFarlane said "very substantial sums of money" had been stolen since the businesswoman was last seen by relatives at a family party at Easter.

A "significant amount" of her personal property has also gone missing, but Mr McFarlane would not reveal what has disappeared.

He said: "Following her disappearance, there have been a number of fraudulent transactions associated with Miss Waugh's bank account."

At least three women have tried to pose as Miss Waugh since she vanished.

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