Body found in woodland confirmed as missing Sarah Everard

Friday, March 12

The body found in Kent woodland by police officers investigating the disappearance of Sarah Everard has been formally identified as the missing marketing executive, Scotland Yard said today.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave made the announcement in a brief statement on Friday afternoon.

“As you know, on Wednesday evening detectives investigating the disappearance of Sarah Everard discovered a body secreted in woodland in Kent,” he said.

“The body has now been recovered and formal identification procedure has now been undertaken.
“I can now confirm that it is the body of Sarah Everard.”
He said that Ms Everard’s family, who described the 33-year-old as a “shining example to us all” in a tribute on Thursday, had been told the “distressing news”.

It came as detectives were today trawling through the background of Wayne Couzens, including his activities during previous careers, to see if the arrested firearms officer might have committed other offences

The inquiry is also aiming to uncover a possible explanation for what might have triggered the alleged kidnapping and murder of 33-year-old Ms Everard.

The disclosure follows the revelation that Couzens, 48, is a suspect after an indecent exposure incident at a McDonald’s in south London on February 28, three days before Ms Everard went missing as she walked home from Clapham to Brixton.

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