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Man arrested on suspicion of mother-of-two's murder after she disappears on way home from family partyAfter leaving the family function, Janelle Duncan-Bailey, 25, visited her former partner's home
Mother was meant to collect her two-year-old and seven-year-old after party, but never showed up30-year-old arrested last night on suspicion of her murder
09:41 GMT, 5 January 2013
12:50 GMT, 5 January 2013
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a mother went missing after attending a New Year's Eve family party.
While police continue to appeal for assistance to trace missing Janelle Duncan-Bailey, 25, a 30-year-old man was arrested last night on suspicion of her murder.
He was taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.
Janelle Duncan-Bailey, 25, of Thornton Heath was last seen between 5am and 5.30am on Wednesday, January 2
Ms Duncan-Bailey, of Thornton Heath, Croydon, was last seen between 5am and 5.30am on January 2.
She had made arrangements to leave her two children with a friend in Bromley whilst she attended a family function.
She left her friend's address at around 4am on 2 January to return to Thornton Heath.
Her friend believed Janelle would collect the two-year-old and seven-year-old boys later that morning.
However, her friend reported Janelle missing at 4.22am on January 2 when she had failed to collect the children.
The mother was last seen walking down Limpsfield Avenue, in Thornton Heath before she disappeared
At around 4.30am Janelle had visited her former partner's home in Thornton Heath on January 2.
Police were called following a report of a domestic incident and Janelle agreed to leave the address with police.
It is believed she asked to be taken to another friend's address in Thornton Heath. She was last seen walking towards flats in Limpsfield Avenue.
Last night, a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of her murder. He was taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.
Janelle has never been missing before and her disappearance is totally out of character.
She is described as a black woman, 5' 5″ in height, of medium build and with shoulder length black hair which could possibly be enhanced with hair extensions.
Police are urging anyone who knows of Janelle's whereabouts or has information that may assist the police investigation to contact officers.
Anyone who can assist is asked to call detectives from the Specialist Crime Directorate based at Sutton police station on 020 8721 4054. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.