A man who was posing as the brother of a missing woman for several weeks is suspected of his involvement in her disappearance as well as defrauding her by taking significant amount of property from her flat in Marylebone, London.. He also tried to sell her £650,000 flat detectives said.
It came out only after Chris, the original brother of Carole Waugh, appealed for information of his sister who was working as an oil executive in Libya but had not contacted her family since mid April raising concern for her safety.
The police have started investigation in a new angle after it emerged that the man had been posing for weeks as Ms Waugh’s brother.
Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane said a man had posed as Chris Waugh on several occasions up until the end of June.
On at least one occasion the suspect had been outside her flat pretending to be her brother, discussing its sale with an individual from an estate agency.
The detective said that the man was yet to be identified who acted as Chris and was trying to raise funds and engage in the sale of her flat in London.
He went to a number of people in different locations.
Detectives hunting Carole Waugh, who worked until 2008 in the oil industry in Libya, have discovered hundreds of thousands of pounds have gone missing from her accounts.
Initially the case was dealt with by a team of local officers, but last Thursday concerns grew and McFarlane's homicide and serious crime team took over.
Within days it was also discovered that at least three women have impersonated her in order to allegedly defraud her.
It also emerged on Wednesday that after her family first filed a cause for concern report with the Metropolitan police in early May an officer went round to her flat and gained entry. The officer reported back to the family that there was nothing untoward inside.
But police now believe the flat might have been the scene of abduction by individuals intent on taking over Carole Waugh's life. They were examining her relationships with friends in London, her business connections and her habits in an attempt to find those responsible.
An extensive forensic search is being carried out inside the property.
Eight people have been arrested. One woman remains in custody, a man has appeared in court in connection with the case, and six individuals have been released on police bail.