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Jo Sheen: Missing, presumed dead (2019)

Updated: Dec 30, 2021

Jo Sheen (44), was last seen after traveling from Fareham to Southampton, Hampshire, with a friend.

She was last seen by a police officer on Saturday 30 November 2019, in the Newtown Nicholstown area of Southampton.

She was officially reported missing on 22 February after no one had heard from her for months. Police said it was not unusual for Ms Sheen, also known as Little Jo or Jo-Jo, "to go for long periods of time without speaking to her family, however, she hasn't been in touch now for a very long time".

Police launched their first appeal in April 2019.

Jo had been involved with sex work and unfortunately, she did not have a permanent address, car, or bank account.

Jo has two daughters Hayley Hardy(25) and Layla Thomas (22). Layla, said:

“Mum is very approachable. Full of joy and full of life. She is really friendly and has got a bit of a spark.”

The Investigation

Officers conducted searches around Empress Road in Southampton in August, where she may have previously engaged in sex work. Following a two day search a car was found as well as “several other items” which are being forensically tested.

By the 19th November 2020 Hampshire Police had arrested five people in connection with the case, however they have all been released:

POI 1: Male, aged 53, from Southampton

POI 2: a 50-year-old woman, from Southampton

POI 3: Male, aged 29, from Basingstoke

POI 4: Male, aged 50, from Southampton

POI 5: Male, aged 63, from Southampton

Since 19th November 2020 no further information has been released (as of December 2021.)

Empress Road, Southampton


The main theory is that Jo was a victim of foul play. However, police have not released their evidence to support this. Nobody has currently been found.


If anyone has any information that may assist us with this investigation, please get in touch by calling 101 and quoting Operation Blackboard or 44200068330. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111


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