Video footage of missing 44-year-old New Westminster woman released as search continues

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      As the search for Nirla Sharma, a 44-year-old resident of New Westminster who has been missing since February 24, police are releasing further images found of her.

      Today (March 3), the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) released video footage and the above image that shows Sharma walking alone in the Queensborough Landing business area at 3:27 a.m. on February 24.

      NWPD spokesperson Sgt. Jeff Scott stated in a news release that video footage that was circulating earlier this week that was believed to be of Sharma was confirmed not to be her.

      Investigators are seeking dashcam footage from anyone driving over the Queensborough Bridge between 3:30 and 5 a.m. on February 24.

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      Sharma was reported as being last seen at her home in the 300 block of Lawrence Street in New Westminster on February 23rd at 9 p.m. As she was going to bed, Sharma was wearing pink pajamas with a pink T-shirt.

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

      Sgt. Scott had previously stated 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.

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      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.

      Anyone with information of Sharma’s whereabouts or disappearance is asked to call the NWPD tip line at 604-529-2430.

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      New Westminster Police Department