Sarah Everard: Body found in woodlands is that of missing woman

The body of missing Sarah Everard has been found in woodlands following an extensive search by officers.

The serving Metropolitan Police Officer who was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murder the marketing executive remains in police custody.

Human remains were found in a woodland area i Kent after police had launched a search for Sarah Everard, it has been confirmed those remains are Sarah.

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

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

“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.”

He added: “I know that the public feel hurt and angry about what has happened, and those are sentiments that I share personally, and I know my colleagues here at Scotland Yard and across the Met share as well.

“I also recognise the wider concerns that have been raised, quite rightly, about the safety of women in public spaces in London and also elsewhere in the country.

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

“And that commitment is undiminished by these events and if anything that commitment is strengthened by these tragic circumstances.”

Police search teams found the human remains within the wooded area near Ashford on Wednesday.

Ms Everard had dissappread after leaving hr freind’s house on Leathwaite Road in Clapham, southwest London at 9pm on 3 march and was heading to her home in Brixton.

The police officer who was not on duty at the time that Ms Everard disappeard is also being held on a seperate allegation of incidecent 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.