Body found in Kent woodland is that of Sarah Everard, police confirm

Sad news to share, one was expecting bad news but right now Sarah’s family needs support and prayers.

Rest in peace Sarah…

SKY NEWS – Human remains found in a woodland in Kent are those of Sarah Everard, police have said.

The 33-year-old went missing in south London on Wednesday 3 March while walking home from a friend’s house.

Assistant commissioner Nick Ephgrave said a man – who is a serving Metropolitan Police officer – remains in custody at a London police station.

Police officers search woodland near to Great Chart Golf and Leisure country club and course in Ashford, Kent

“Specialist officers remain in constant contact with Sarah’s family, and will continue to support them throughout the investigation and beyond,” he said.

“That investigation continues at a pace and we have hundreds of officers working round the clock to establish the full circumstances of Sarah’s disappearance, and her murder.” Advertisement

He also said he recognised the “wider concerns of the safety of women in public places” following Ms Everard’s death and that the commitment to keep people safe is “strengthened by these tragic circumstances”.

“I know that the public feel very hurt and angry about what has happened and these are sentiments I feel personally.

“And I know my colleagues at Scotland Yard and across the wider Met share these as well.”

He added: “I want to say now that this organisation – and the men and women it – remain committed to protecting Londoners wherever they are in this city.”

Police said on Wednesday that human remains had been found in a wooded area near Ashford.

Ms Everard was last seen leaving a friend’s house on Leathwaite Road in Clapham, southwest London, at about 9pm on 3 March to walk to her home in Brixton.

Her disappearance prompted a large operation to find her.

The arrested officer, who was not on duty at the time of Ms Everard’s disappearance, is also being held on a separate allegation of indecent exposure.

He was arrested at an address in Deal, Kent, more than 60 miles away from where Ms Everard was last seen.

A woman in her 30s, who was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released on bail to return to a police station on a date in mid-April.

Extensive searches have been carried out at the house, around Clapham and Brixton and the woodland in Ashford.