The search for Sarah Everard: What we know about her last movements
- Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent
10 MARCH 2021 • 9:30 PM
The Metropolitan Police announced on Wednesday that a diplomatic protection officer held over the disappearance of Sarah Everard had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Wayne Couzens, 49, who is part of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was being questioned on suspicion of kidnap and murder.
On Wednesday evening, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick gave a press conference announcing that human remains had been discovered in an area of woodland near Ashford in Kent.
Here is what we know about the disappearance and the investigation.
1. Wednesday March 3, 9pm
Sarah Everard spends the evening with friends at Leathwaite Road in Clapham. She buys a bottle of wine on the way and police later release CCTV of her as she walked to Clapham that night.
Miss Everard leaves the flat at 9pm to make the 50-minute journey by foot back to her home in Brixton. On her way, she speaks to her boyfriend, Josh Lowth, on the telephone and they arrange to meet the following day.https://cf-particle-html.eip.telegraph.co.uk/45086783-43c3-46f5-a11f-52b1d0ad1de7.html#amp=1
2. Wednesday March 3, 9.30pm
At 9.30pm, having crossed Clapham Common, the last confirmed sighting of Miss Everard is on a doorbell camera at the junction of Poynders Road and Cavendish Road.https://9ca4e380d4a822f598f3508810aa36f3.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0https://cf-particle-html.eip.telegraph.co.uk/911e790f-7979-427d-acc9-046a67dc9572.html#amp=1
3. Thursday March 4
When Miss Everard fails to meet Mr Lowth as arranged the previous night he grows worried. Friends try to contact her but her phone is switched off and WhatsApp messages go unanswered. They report her disappearance to police and begin a social media campaign to try to trace her.https://cf-particle-html.eip.telegraph.co.uk/701169d7-49bd-45b5-a960-c59ba966e606.html#amp=1
4. Saturday March 6
With no sign of Miss Everard, police and volunteers begin searching the area around Clapham Common. Scotland Yard put out a public appeal for information and her family issue an emotional statement.
5. Sunday March 7
The inquiry is handed over to the Met’s Specialist Crime Command which deals with homicides. Sniffer dogs are brought in and divers search ponds on the common.
6. Tuesday March 9
The focus of the search centres on Poynders Road, with police sealing off a block of flats, Poynders Court, and closing the busy South Circular road. A member of the public finds two number plates stashed close by in Rodenhurst Road and they are placed in evidence bags.
7. Tuesday March 9, 8.30pm
Police arrest a 49-year-old Met Police officer, Wayne Couzens, at his home in Deal on suspicion of kidnap. They also arrest a woman at the same address on suspicion of assisting an offender. A car is removed at the property.
8. Wednesday March 10
Police begin searches in woodland and at a golf and leisure centre in Ashford, Kent. They erect a tent outside the home of Mr Couzens in Deal and also search land at nearby Betteshanger Park.
Just after 3pm, they announce that it is now a murder investigation and that the man in custody has been arrested on suspicion of murder and an unconnected allegation of indecent exposure.
Just before 8.30pm, Dame Cressida Dick, the Met Commissioner confirmed that human remains had been found in woodland near Ashford in Kent.https://cf-particle-html.eip.telegraph.co.uk/83acccd7-650d-4755-844c-b0864b8bd336.html#amp=1https://liftigniter-amp-website.platforms-prod-gcp.telegraph.co.uk/liftigniter-more-stories.html#amp=1More from News
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