Sussex Police have confirmed the disappearance of a woman from Worthing nearly 18 months ago has been recorded as homicide.
Officers have released new CCTV footage of 31-year-old Georgina Gharsallah, who disappeared from the town on March 7 2018.
Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Andy Wolstenholme, said:
“We have investigated many possible leads relating to Georgina over the past 18 months.
“However, we are no closer to establishing the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
“Sadly I have had to consider the possibility that Georgina has come to harm at the hands of someone else, which is one of the hypothesis we have been working on.
“A number of vital enquires to test ‘proof of life’ have been conducted but to date, none of these have been able to conclusively show that Georgina is alive.
“While Sussex Police continue to look for Georgina, and hope above all else that we can find her safe and well, I have taken the decision to record her disappearance as a homicide.
“Sussex Police is committed to recording suspected crimes fairly, openly and accurately.
“We record crimes on the balance of probabilities, and having taken in to account the products of our large scale investigation, I believe it right that we record the potential for a homicide to have occurred.”
The footage released, which police said came to light only recently, shows two women walking along Chapel Road in Worthing around 4pm on the day Georgina went missing.
DCI Wolstenholme added:
“We are hoping the newly released CCTV footage will jog the memories of people who were in this area of Worthing on that Wednesday afternoon.
“We are very keen to identify and speak to the other woman in the footage. Is this you? Please get in contact with us as you may have vital information to assist our investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police or Crimestoppers.