Murder inquiry launched after ‘well-liked and highly-valued’ social worker and sister found dead

Bibaa Henry, who was a senior social worker at Buckinghamshire Council, was found in a park on Sunday where she had reportedly celebrated her birthday two days previously

Flaming candles at the funeral ceremony indoor
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The Metropolitan Police has launched a murder investigation after a social worker and her sister were found dead on Sunday (7 June) in a London park.

Bibaa Henry, a senior social worker in children’s services at Buckinghamshire Council, was found with her sister, Nicole Smallman, at Fryent Country Park in Wembley, where they had been celebrating Bibaa’s birthday last Friday evening. They were reported missing on Saturday after they did not return home.

Senior social worker Bibaa Henry

Bibaa Henry (Credit: Metropolitan Police)

Bibaa, who lived in Brent, had worked at Buckinghamshire since 2017. The council’s cabinet member for children’s services, Mark Shaw, said: “We are all deeply shocked and distressed at the tragic news about our colleague Bibaa Henry. Bibaa was a well-respected, well-liked and highly-valued member of our social care team. She was very popular with her colleagues and we are supporting Bibaa’s team during this sad time.

“Bibaa was committed to caring for and supporting children and young people across Buckinghamshire. She will be very much missed by all of us here at the council. On behalf of everyone at Buckinghamshire Council, can I convey our heartfelt condolences to Bibaa’s family, friends and colleagues at this most difficult of times.”

Senior investigating officer DCI Simon Harding said: “We are in the very early stages of the investigation and are working hard to find out what led to these two women losing their lives. Their families have been devastated by their loss and they need answers. They have asked that their privacy is respected at this time as they come to terms with this horrific incident.”

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20 Responses to Murder inquiry launched after ‘well-liked and highly-valued’ social worker and sister found dead

  1. Deborah Wales June 10, 2020 at 12:38 pm #

    Sincere condolences to Bibaa and Nicole’s family at this very sad time.

    • Pauline Sergeant June 15, 2020 at 6:16 pm #

      My heartfelt condolences are sent to Bibaa, Nicole and their family. I cannot begin to imagine the heartache they must be feeling at this time. Rest in Peace dear sisters.

  2. Ruth W June 10, 2020 at 3:44 pm #

    So shocking. Warmest thoughts to Bibaa’s family and colleagues.

  3. June N June 10, 2020 at 10:57 pm #

    I’m saddened by this. Bibaa was such a lovely person, Thoughts ad prayers with her family and Nicole’s.

    • Lindsay June 14, 2020 at 10:14 pm #

      xxx hope you’re well J,

  4. Deborah West June 11, 2020 at 12:04 am #


  5. Pamela June 11, 2020 at 9:50 am #

    My thoughts are with Bibaa Nicole’s family, friends and colleagues for their loss at this very sad time.

  6. Charlotte June 12, 2020 at 5:18 pm #

    Such sad and tragic news. Thoughts and strength to those close to Bibaa and Nicole.

    • Christina June 13, 2020 at 7:15 am #

      Such sad news. What a loss to family, friends, colleagues/our profession.

      My sincere condolences

  7. Lesley Bardell June 12, 2020 at 10:19 pm #

    I used to be a colleague of Bibaa’s and she was a delight to be around and a conscientious and dedicated worker. So shocked and saddened by this news. Deepest condolences to her family. RIP Bibaa.

  8. Susan Evans June 13, 2020 at 12:08 pm #

    This is very very sad news!!! We were colleagues based in Harrow CWD in 2015 and kept in touch. I spoke to her in March and she was looking for a new social worker post.

    Pillar of Light

    Pillar of Light burning bright

    Earth Star below

    Soul Star above

    Burning away all that is not light

    Transforming all into unconditional love

    Star of Isis descend

    Your blessing and peace without end

    You are graced now with peace and protection

    Completely embraced by divine perfection

    You will be missed by one and all

    And may the love you shared

    Be spread far and wide for evermore

    RIP Bibaa

  9. Sophie Dawkins June 14, 2020 at 6:06 am #

    I am so sad to hear such horrible news. Bibaa was someone I worked with and know. She was a lovely person inside and out words cannot Express how I am feeling of such a tragic loss.

    Sending my condolences to her friends and family. RIP Bibaa we love you and miss your dearly.

  10. Winifred Ngwenya June 15, 2020 at 8:41 am #

    Very sad! my condolences to the family at this sad time xxx

  11. Charelle June 15, 2020 at 8:49 am #

    Such sad news! Sincere condolences to Bibaa and Nicole’s family

  12. Andrea Bowen June 16, 2020 at 5:58 pm #

    I was saddened to hear this tragic news!
    I met Bibaa on 3 occasions.
    She came to my home twice and the 3rd time I met her at Harrow Council.

    Bibaa was a very nice lady. Unfortunately we didn’t keep in touch…

    This world is so cruel and wicked that we live in!

    May you and your sister RIP

    Sleep on Beauties.🌹💔🌹🙏

  13. Glynis June 19, 2020 at 9:40 pm #

    Very sad news, my thoughts go out to her loved ones, friends and colleagues, what a tragic loss.
    She made a difference to improve the lives of children and was one of us. Thank you.

  14. Pauline McCarthy June 24, 2020 at 8:39 am #

    Bibaa and Nicole, taken too soon. Rest sista’s. Your Peace will come.

  15. Emma June 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm #

    Beautiful remembrance
    Of a beautiful person
    Sadly missed
    Hopefully justice
    Will be found.
    My condolences

  16. Sanj Arora June 30, 2020 at 6:57 pm #

    I knew Bibaa in high school. I’m totally shocked and sad by what has happened to her and her sister.
    God bless you both. My thoughts and condolences to her family. Rip to Bibaa and her sister.

  17. Liz Black July 1, 2020 at 2:51 am #

    I just heard their mother being interviewed, and she said that the police officers involved stood around taking selfies photos with the bodies. I hope they are both outed by name and jailed.