Investigation into disappearance of 44-year-old New Westminster woman: witnesses or footage sought

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      As the search for a missing 44-year-old woman from New Westminster is continuing on, investigators are seeking to speak with witnesses or find video footage from the time period she was reported to leave home.

      The New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) had previously explained in a February 25 news release that Nirla Sharma was last seen at 9 p.m. on February 23 at her residence in the 300 block of Lawrence Street in New Westminster. At the time, she was wearing a pink t-shirt with pink pajamas and had gone to bed.

      But around 4 a.m. on February 24, a family member reportedly heard the front door chime activate. Sharma usually arrives at work in Burnaby around 6:30 a.m. but she did not attend work that morning.

      NWPD spokesperson Sgt. Jeff Scott had stated in a February 25 news release that there aren’t any “obvious reasons why she left at 4 a.m.”, that she had left home without telling anyone, and that she hadn’t taken any of her personal belongings, which is out of character for her.

      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.

      Nirla Sharma could be wearing a black jacket and a pink t-shirt like these examples.
      New Westminster Police Department

      “As the days go by, we become increasingly more concerned for her safety,” Sgt. Jeff Scott stated in a February 26 news release. “Investigators need to review any footage from the area to help advance the investigation regarding Mrs. Sharma’s whereabouts.”

      Anyone with dashcam video footage who may have been driving in the 300 block of Lawrence Street, or Lawrence Street and Ewen Avenue, between midnight and 6 a.m. on Monday February 24th to come forward is asked to contact Det. Justine Thom at 604-529-2578.

      Anyone with information about Sharma is asked to call the NWPD at 604-525-5411 or if she is seen to call 911.

      Nirla Sharma could be wearing orange Nike runners.
      New Westminster Police Department