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Sarah Everard was walking home in South London when she disappeared without a trace.
It happened on the night of March 3.
More than a week later, the lifeless body of this 33-year-old girl was found in a forest in Kent, in the south-east of England.
Authorities detained Wayne Couzens, a London Metropolitan Police officer (Met), who has been charged with the kidnapping and murder of Everard.
The case has generated a great commotion in the United Kingdom.
The last time Everard was seen she was walking alone down a main street in Clapham, South London.
Security camera footage shows her returning from a friend’s house to her home.
Around that time she talked to her boyfriend on the phone. It was the last communication known to the victim.
According to police, it is unclear whether Everard finally made it to his home.
After his disappearance was reported, the investigators made visits to some 750 homes, reviewed numerous security camera recordings and received at least 120 calls from citizens attempting to provide data.
Posters with his photograph were hung in the streets and shared on social networks; and investigators even tracked a pond in a park near the area where it was last seen.
Finally, on Wednesday 10 – almost a week after his disappearance – the authorities reported on the discovery of human remains in a wooded area of Kent which, as confirmed this Friday, were hers.
Everard, who worked as a marketing executive, was a graduate of Durham University, where she had studied geography.
“Sarah was a popular and joyful member of our university community and kept a great group of friends from Durham University,” said Stuart Corbridge, vice chancellor of that university.
The imputation of a policeman
Due to the death and disappearance of Everard, the authorities arrested Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old Metropolitan Police agent, who this Saturday is expected to be transferred to the courts to be charged for these events.
Couzens joined this police force in September 2018 and in February 2020 he was assigned to the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, where their main function was to patrol the areas near a group of embassies wearing uniform in London.
Following his arrest, Couzens was taken to hospital twice after being found inside his cell with head injuries.
Authorities clarified that Couzens was not in service at the time Everard disappeared.
The fact that the suspect for this event is a policeman has been an additional cause of commotion in the United Kingdom.
“The news that a Metropolitan Police officer was arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s murder has sparked waves of shock and anger in the public and throughout the Met,” said Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.
“I speak for all my colleagues at the Met when I say that we are absolutely shocked by this terrible news. Our job is to patrol the streets and protect the people“added Dick.
What happened with Everard has generated a wave of anger and pain throughout the United Kingdom, where many women have turned to social networks to share their experiences and demand that action be taken against violence against women.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.