Police say they the 'human remains' found in woodland on Wednesday have been formally identified as missing Sarah Everard's. The 33-year-old disappeared last Wednesday evening, 3 March, as she was walking from a friend's house. The walk from Clapham, London back to her home in Brixton should have taken her around 50 minutes, but she has not been seen or heard from since.
On Wednesday it was announced that a police officer serving in the Metropolitan Police had been arrested in connection with the missing persons case, and it was later confirmed that he was being held on suspicion of murder. He currently remains in a London police station, after briefly seeking treatment in hospital for a head injury reportedly sustained while in custody.
Of the sad discovery of a body earlier this week, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "This evening, detectives and search teams investigating Sarah's disappearance have found, very sadly, what appears to be human remains," the Commissioner said outside Scotland Yard. The discovery was made in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent."
CCTV uncovered in the search for Sarah showed her walking alone on the A205 at approximately 9.30pm. Following a plea to the public for more information, police received more than 100 calls and visited more than 750 homes in the nearby area.
Earlier in the week, Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave described the fact that the man currently being held by police in relation to Sarah's disappearance is a serving police officer "shocking and deeply disturbing".
"We will continue to work with all speed on this investigation," he said, adding: "I understand there will be significant public concern but it is essential that the investigative team are given the time and space to continue their work."
Sarah Everard's family today paid tribute to her via a statement, describes her as "kind, thoughtful, caring and dependable."
"Our beautiful daughter Sarah was taken from us and we are appealing for any information that will help to solve this terrible crime.Sarah was bright and beautiful - a wonderful daughter and sister. She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable. She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour," the heart-breaking statement read.
It continued on to say that Sarah was "strong and principled and a shining example to us all. We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives." The family also thanked their circle of support during this incredibly difficult time, praising Sarah's friends for working "tirelessly".
"We would like to thank our friends and family for all their support during this awful time and we would especially like to thank Sarah’s friends who are working tirelessly to help," they said.
Our thoughts are with all Sarah Everard's loved ones at this difficult time.
Police invite anyone who has seen Sarah or who has information that may assist the investigation to call the Incident Room on 0208 785 8244, or via the Major Incident Portal.
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