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.
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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