New Westminster woman, 44, mysteriously disappears after leaving home at 4 a.m. on February 23

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      Update: On February 26, the New Westminster Police Department issued a call for witnesses or dashcam footage from the time period that Nirla Sharma was reported to leave home on February 24. For more information, see this article.

      Original article (February 25):

      Investigators are seeking help in solving the mystery of a 44-year-old resident of New Westminster who vanished after some uncharacteristic behavior.

      The New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) stated today (February 25) that Nirla Sharma was last seen at her residence at 9 p.m. on February 23.

      At the time, she was going to bed and was wearing a pink t-shirt and pink pajamas.

      However, around 4 a.m., a family member reportedly heard the front door chime activate.

      She usually arrives at work around 6:30 a.m. in Vancouver but she did not show up for work that morning.

      Sharma is described as a South Asian female who is 160 centimetres (five-feet, three-inches) tall and weighs about 63 kilograms (138 pounds) with a slim build. She has short black hair, brown eyes, and a medium complexion.

      She 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.

      Although she was last seen wearing pajamas, she may be wearing a black jacket with a hood and orange Nike shoes.

      The case is being considered high risk by police.

      “We are very concerned for Mrs. Sharma because she has not shown up for work, and there are no obvious reasons why she left at 4 a.m.,” NWPD Sgt. Jeff Scott stated in a news release. “She left without telling anyone, and did not take any of her personal belongings, which is out of character for her.”

      Anyone with information of her whereabouts is asked to call NWPD at 604-525-5411 or, if she is seen, to call 911.

      Nirla Sharma
      New Westminster Police Department