Police searching for 33-year-old woman find human remains

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his thoughts were with Ms Everard and her friends and family.

Human remains were discovered in woodland near Ashford, Kent, on Wednesday but detectives have not yet been able to confirm their identity.

Sarah Everard, 33, was last seen on 3 March in Clapham, south London, on her way home from a friend’s house.

She had been speaking to her boyfriend Josh Lowth on the phone for around 15 minutes before she stopped making contact at 9.30pm the night she vanished.

The Met Police said the arrest of the officer has “sent shockwaves” through the force.

The case has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) because it involves a police officer.

Police in a boat with a sniffer dog search Mount Pond on Clapham Common, PA

A spokesman said it had been decided that the Met Police would investigate any potential conduct issues linked to the kidnap and murder allegations itself.

The IOPC is currently assessing whether any further measures should be taken in relation to the actions of police after Ms Everard was reported missing.

The force said the identity of the remains had not been confirmed and it would take ‘some time.’

Meanwhile, serving cop Wayne Couzens, 48, was initially detained on suspicion of kidnap in connection with the missing persons case.

The constable was then further arrested on suspicion of murder, the Met said.

A woman in her 30s has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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