‘She was wonderful': Priest says prayers for missing pensioner

Police treat disappearance as murder case

Thursday, 7th October 2021 — By Tom Foot

Norma Girolami (13)

Norma Girolami

A PRIEST said prayers this week for a missing pensioner as police said they were treating the case as a murder investigation.

Father George Koloth from St Joseph’s Church said the parish had been shocked by the mysterious disappearance of Highgate resident Norma Girolami.

Detectives say they are “extremely concerned” after a week-long investigation and search of “several addresses” failed to find her.

A 41-year-old man from Finsbury Park, initially arrested for fraud and theft, has been charged with murder.

Father George said: “I had my parish council meeting this week and I spoke with the committee members about her when we knew she was missing. We said Amen for Norma. We prayed for her. That’s all we can do now.”

He added: “She was a wonderful woman, so kind-hearted. I found her so full of life and always with a smile. An exuberant woman. I loved her hairstyle.  She was very generous, very friendly and really a great woman.”

Ms Girolami’s family had reportedly believed she could have left her home in Cholmeley Park, Highgate, to travel to Italy to spread her father’s ashes.

“She came regularly to the church, and we would have coffee together,” said Father George. “I remember speaking to her first when she came to me and asked to offer some prayers for her parents.”

Ms Girolami was reported missing on September 20.
She had left her fridge full of food. Friends and relatives had not been told about any specific plans to go away.

The Met said it had been conducting searches at “several addresses” and had interviewed friends and relatives.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn said:  “Norma has not been seen by her friends or family since the middle of August. As a result of our investigation we are extremely concerned that Norma may have come to some harm.

“In view of these concerns for her welfare, and to stop the anguish her friends and relatives are enduring, it is imperative that anyone with information contacts police.

“If anyone knows anything about where Norma may be, has witnessed anything from mid-August to mid-September in the area that Norma lived or if you know anything about what may have happened to Norma, then please contact police.”

She added: “Your information, no matter how trivial you might think it is, could be the vital information that helps us find Norma. Norma, if you are safe and well please get in touch with the police.”

• Serkan Kaygusuz, 41, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.  Initial charges of fraud and theft were upgraded to murder on October 1.

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