A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Sarah Everard in South London.
The 33-year-old marketing executive disappeared after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham around 9 p.m. Wednesday of last week.
The officer was arrested at an address in Kent on Tuesday and a woman was also arrested at the same location on suspicion of helping a criminal. Both have been arrested at a London police station.
Everard’s family is keeping up with developments, the force said, adding that the professional standards directorate, the body responsible for investigating complaints against officers’ professional conduct, was aware of the case.
Deputy Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said: “Tonight’s arrest is a serious and significant development. We will continue to work at full speed on this investigation, but the fact that the man arrested is a Metropolitan Police Officer on duty is both shocking and deeply disturbing.
“I understand that there will be great public concern, but it is essential that the investigation team have the time and space to continue their work.”
DCI Katherine Goodwin said: “This is a significant advance in our research. This is a fast-moving investigation and we’re doing everything we can to find Sarah.
“We have seen an overwhelming response from the public and I repeat my request for anyone with information that may be relevant, however insignificant it may seem, to come forward.”
Everard has not been seen since she left a friend’s home in Clapham, southwest London, on the night of March 3 to walk alone to her home in Brixton, about a 50-minute walk away.
The last known sighting of her was on Poynders Road, which links the two areas, where she was captured on film by a private door camera as she walked alone from the Cavendish Road junction in the direction of Tulse Hill, south of Brixton.
Police put a cordon around an apartment block in south London on Tuesday near where she was last seen. The police cordon was around the Poynders Court development on the north side of the road. But the Metropolitan Police refused to confirm if it was related to the search. Other officers were pulling up the covers and searching the drains along Poynders Road.
The Met has released new images of Everard and said the search for her continues “in rhythm.” On Tuesday, two officers with sniffer dogs were seen searching the nearby Oaklands Estate and surrounding streetside gardens.
On Monday, searches continued in the area, and police examined a small park near where Everard’s mobile phone signal was last recorded.
Divers searched the pond at Agnes Riley Gardens, while sniffer dogs roamed the area. Officers were also searching a housing estate near where Everard was last seen. Lost posters requesting information about his whereabouts have been posted on lamp posts in a wide radius around the area.
Everard moved to London about 12 years ago. He has a brother and sister who also live in the city. His parents have traveled from York to join the search.
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