Mum fears missing Gospel Oak daughter in clutches of Parisian cult
PUBLISHED: 15:48 20 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:48 20 November 2014
The distraught mother of a woman from Gospel Oak who disappeared more than six years ago has launched a fresh appeal for help in tracing her daughter.
Retired legal secretary Renee Adams says she “stopped living” when Georgina Adams vanished without a trace in 2008, leaving her own daughter behind.
The 39-year-old was a successful fashion illustrator who lived in Mortimer Terrace, Gospel Oak, with her teenage daughter.
For Renee, 66, of Coram Street, Russell Square, the pain of losing her only grows as the years go by.
She said: “When it first happens, you think maybe next year she’ll be home, but its getting on for seven years.
“I just feel I have stopped living. I can’t help thinking about all these negative, horrible things.
“You hear stories of people being killed and it’s not until 10 years later they find the body.”
Renee is reaching out to the public following renewed police interest as part of a case review.
Officers believe Georgina travelled to Paris a few days before her mother last heard from her.
“She said, ‘Mum, I’m shopping’,” Renee recalls of that last phone conversation on March 4, 2008.
“She said ‘I’ll ring you when I get home, I love you lots.’ And that was it.”
Renee has a number of theories. She fears Gerogina is in the clutches of a French cult. Or that her daughter went to Paris to meet a stranger from the internet.
“She was quite free-spirited,” she says.
“She believed in astrology and all of that sort of thing. I wonder whether she’s been brainwashed.”
Though there is no evidence, police have been trying to contact cults in France.
Officers say the case is particularly tricky because Georgina was such a private woman – someone who once underwent a major operation without telling family members.
Before she disappeared, the former pupil of Maria Fidelis Catholic School, in Somers Town, told her daughter, then aged 18, she was going away for a few days.
When her mother rang, the dialling tone suggested she was abroad.
She also sent an email to a client on March 3 saying she was in Paris.
She was a keen yoga enthusiast, but detectives do not know where she practised. They are particularly keen to hear from anyone in Camden’s yoga community who can shed light on her movements.
Det Con Linda Kernot, from Camden’s missing persons unit, said: “It might be that she had spoken to someone about going; there might be people in this area who know where she is but don’t know she’s reported missing; or even people who might have met her on the internet who know where she is.”
Anyone with information should contact Det Con Kernot on 020 8733 5457 or, anonymously, the charity Missing People on 116 000.