Discussion in '2000's Missing' started by dotr, Jan 24, 2016.
Dotr, thank you for posting and creating thread for Iwona! I am really surprised she did not have one yet as her case is quite well known.
She is briefly mentioned in another thread here with regards to disappearance of other girls in the area in the same time frame.
This is the first time though that I am hearing about the possible perp - Andrzej Kunowski, mentioned there too (http://nnet-server.com/server/common/concrime33.htm)
Iwona Kaminska: Polish woman who went missing 15 years ago was 'kidnapped then murdered', police believe
Friday 22 January 2016
Thanks for the heads up on the sk as a possible poi in this case, Iwona is referenced in this book.
The Thames Torso Murders of Victorian London
By R. Michael Gordon
https://books.google.ca/books?id=cb...AE#v=onepage&q=iwona kaminski missing&f=false
copy paste from Elizabeth Chau and Lola Shenkoya thread:
Bellfield has also been linked to the murders of 51-year-old Judith Silver, who was found murdered in 1990, 25-year-old Melanie Hall, who disappeared in 1996 and whose remains were found in 2009, and 20-year-old Polish student Iwona Kaminski, who disappeared in 2000.
I have seen this mentioned in few news articles that Bellfield is somehow connected to Iwona Kaminski disappearance. I am really curious why those statements as apart of the time frame I don't see any connection yet.
Now, two serial killers were living in the same vicinity and were active at the same time were Elizabeth and Lola disappeared. Few minutes to the East were they were last seen was Andrzej Kunowski at Acton/Ealing Common and just few minutes to the West was Bellfield in West Drayton.
With regards to Iwona Kaminski, Andrzej Kunowski seems stronger suspect. They are both Polish nationals and Kunowski has murdered 12 year old girl in 1997 in Hammersmith. The same neighbourhood Iwona was last seen in 2000.
Date of disappearance: 13/07/2000
Age on the day of disappearance: 20 years old
Height: 157 cm
The last knowm whereabouts: London (United Kingdom)
Iwona is white, 5ft 2in, slim, with light brown curly, shoulder length hair.
She was last seen wearing dark trousers, black shoes, a dark green knee length jacket and carrying a small black leather handbag.
Thank you for the link. Interestingly writer is saying that Elizabeth Chau was in spot of trouble (what kind?) and was last spotted outside of West Ealing police station making call at nearby payphone.
As per this book apparently Iwona Kaminska went to police station as well prior to her disappearance. It does not state where or why. I have not heard of this statement anywhere else. I wonder if author is just creative or if this is correct information. Unfortunately book preview just cut off at this point.
I have made FB narrative of her case and spreading it online for some fresh eyes and clues into her case. Hopefully some journalists will pick it up and make new articles on the case after so many years.
Please share: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2074549799490559&id=1968989010046639
This is one of the last known photo taken of Iwona. She was wearing this green coat/jacket when she disappeared. Just to add, she barely spoke any English and had only few coins on her when last seen.
Wow, she looks just like my ex in that photo, how sad.
I'm gonna dig into this one.
According to Iwona's family, there is no evidence of her ever leaving her workplace, but questioning her boss, searching his car and his shop didn't provide any answers. He was friends with the girl who invited Iwona to England. I wonder if the police questioned her.
Krzysztof Jackowski, Poland's famous clairvoyant, claims that Iwona is alive and held captive somewhere. Now, I am sceptical about this kind of statement, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.
Iwona Kamińska's family never stopped looking for her. 18 years without any answers is way too long. I can't even imagine what they're going through and I hope they can get closure one day.
source (Polish): http://www.dziennikwschodni.pl/magazyn/moja-corka-zaginela-dziewiec-lat-temu,n,1000089692.html
There is a comment at the bottom of this article which i google translated to English. Not sure if i understand what was suggested.
That comment says: "That business owner should be questioned in every possible way, old pr*ck is definitely involved in her disappearance, because the CCTV recorded her going to work, but she was never seen leaving it".
Basically, that poster suggests that Iwona's boss could be responsible for her disappearance.
Thanks for that ( giggled a bit too), i love having people from all over the world posting on Ws!
You're very welcome, I'm always happy to help! And sorry for any mistakes in spelling or grammar, I'm still working on my language skills :bang:
Triss thank you for the link! Few more bits of information from the 2009 link:
Iwona was planning her first ever summer holiday. Her female friend she has used to live with while studying suggested that they both go to London. She also stated that she will arrange job for Iwona with her good Polish friend at a shop for their little extra spendings. It was supposed to be two weeks holiday.
Iwona knew her family was very worried so she called them every day first three days. On third day she also send them postcard and arranged with her older sister that she will come to London in a week to visit her. They were both excited.
Iwona was very happy and excited in new city.
Fourth Day: Iwona went to work in Hammersmith, job her friend arranged. It was shop with crystal glass. She was helping older Polish man who came to London from Lodz. All what is only known about him that he was good friend of Iwona's friend from studies.
Around 4pm she had appointment with friends. She did not arrive and also did not come home where she stayed, at her female friend at Arndale Center in Wandsworth. Nobody ever heard from her again.
Polish police contacted Iwona's family about her disappearance. Family contacted Iwona's friend who she travelled with and lived in London. She stated she does not know anything.
London police searched the shop, owner's car and even digged up flooring of the shop. Nothing was found.
Family tried to hire private investigator in Poland, it was stated that they do not investigate abroad. They hired clairvoyant, who also gave up when family asked him to travel with them to London. They tried to hire private investigators in London, but it was way too expensive for them to afford. Missing flyers all over London, Itaka, Interpol and London police brought no leads.
Family theory: They think Iwona's disappearance was not coincidence. That all was arranged, from the beginning to the end and Iwona stood no chance.
Every year, on the day of 13th of July, when Iwona disappeared, family holds mass for her in local church.
This article came out one week after Iwona disappearance in 2000. It is short announcement about her disappearance and information we already know. It also states that Iwona was planning to stay in London half a year and that she was 3rd female to disappear in West London in the last 18 months.
There are few conflicting information in different media about details.
CCTV - some state she was seen arriving in the morning to Hammersmith. Some state CCTV was from Hammersmith bus station in the morning, some state CCTV was from main shopping street, some state CCTV was from morning in Wandsworth.
It was confirmed that she was at work on that day, 13th of July 2000. (It would be good to find out if this was her actual first day at work in a shop or if she was there in any of the previous days).
Conflicting information in media what time she left work (4pm or 5pm) and what time she had appointment with friends (4pm or 7pm).
She was not detected on CCTV Hammersmith bus station in the afternoon/evening hours leaving the area.
To clarify - female friend she lived with in Arndale Center in Wandsworth, London, was the one who she arranged to visit in London and the one who arranged her job at shop. Even though Iwona studied theology, they knew each other from studying English in Poland and lived together there while studying. Girl was also the one who filed missing person report in London for Iwona after she did not arrive home.
West London disappearances
22 May 1997 - Katerina Koneva, 12 (Macedonian) - stalked on the way home from school and then murdered in Hammersmith (3 women in Hammersmith come forward to police to complain about being stalked by A.Kunowski prior to Katerina's murder)
16th April 1999 - Elizabeth Chau, 19 ( English of Vietnamese descent), last seen in West Ealing 5 min away from home
3rd January 2000 - Lola Shenkoya, 27 (Born in USA, Nigerian), last seen Ealing Broadway station, getting off the bus
13th July 2000 - Iwona Kaminska, 20 - Hammersmith
Below mentioned cases do not seem to be connected to above missing
18th October 2000 - Sinead Healy, 26 - Hammersmith - body located 5 month later, ex bf convicted
6th December 2000 - Zoe Parker, 24 - prostitute, last seen in Hounslow, West London. Body located on Dec 17th in River Thames at Battersea next to Church Road (close to Wandsworth), body was cut in half at the waist
13 December 2000 - Paula Fields, 31- prostitute, from Highbury Grove - body, cut into several pieces, was discovered in a number of holdalls at Regents Canal at Camden, located February 2001
September 2001 - John Doe named Adam - torso of a boy, aged five or six discovered near Tower Bridge in east London. From minerals in his bones it was established that he was from west Africa