Sarah Everard death: Shocking timeline of murder mystery of woman, 33, who vanished after call with boyfriend
Human remains have been found by officers searching for Sarah Everard, Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said on Wednesday, March 10. The 33-year-old marketing executive went missing after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham at about 9 pm on March 3. A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested in connection with Everard’s disappearance.
Everard was returning home through Clapham Junction around 9 pm. During this time, she was on a call with boyfriend Josh Lowth with whom she talked for about 15 minutes, making plans to meet the next day. Her mobile either ran out of battery or was switched off and the couple lost contact. It was the last time Lowth or anyone heard from Everard
Here is a timeline of the key events in her disappearance and the police investigation so far.
Wednesday, March 3
Everard goes missing after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, around 9 pm.
Saturday, March 6
The Metropolitan Police department issues an appeal over Everard’s disappearance and releases a CCTV image of her. Police states that she is thought to have walked through Clapham Common after leaving her friend’s flat and heading towards her home in Brixton. Her expected time to arrive home was said to be 50 minutes.
Sunday, March 7
Police release CCTV footage of a private doorbell-type camera where Everard was walking alone on the A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill, just south of Brixton. Police said that it is unclear whether or not she reached her house. The investigation is being led by its Specialist Crime Command because of the “complex nature” of the probe, which combines searches with house-to-house inquiries.
Everard's uncle Nick Everard said while the police are doing everything they can, “not knowing what has happened after four days is agonizing”. “If someone is holding her against her will I would plead with them just to be human and to let her come home, to let her talk to us, give us a ring or text to let us know she is OK,” he told The Sun. “These are desperate times for the family. We know the police are doing everything they can but it’s the not knowing what has happened after four days is agonizing”.
Monday, March 8
Scotland Yard announces that it remains “open-minded as to all possibilities” over Everard’s disappearance, confirming the probe remains a missing person investigation.
Police officers revealed that they got more than 120 calls from the public regarding the case. They ask anyone who may have relevant dashcam or other footage to come forward.
Tuesday, March 9
The investigation expands as police along with sniffer dogs search gardens in streets around the search site near Everard's home route and the nearby Oaklands Estate. Officers also explore a pond in Clapham Common and a drain along the A205. New images of Everard are released, where she is seen wearing the coat in which she disappeared, in another appeal for the public’s help. Later that day, the Met sets up a cordon around the Poynders Court housing complex on Poynders Road as part of the search, with forensics officers were seen examining the area.
The Met states that they have arrested a police officer at an address in Kent in connection with Everard’s disappearance. Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave says the fact the man is a serving police officer is “both shocking and deeply disturbing”. The Met says a woman has also been arrested at the same location on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both of them have been taken into custody. Detective chief inspector Katherine Goodwin says the force is still “doing everything we can to find Sarah”.
Wednesday, March 10
Police reveal the officer arrested on Tuesday, March 9, was not on duty at the time of Everard’s disappearance, but Assistant Commissioner Ephgrave initially denies providing details of the offense on which the officer has been arrested on suspicion of or how long he has served on the force. Detectives begin searching two locations in Kent including a property in Deal and woodland near Ashford. A tent was built outside a house in Freemens Way, in Deal, and a car was seen being taken away from the property.
Later, Scotland Yard confirms the police officer arrested over Everard’s disappearance has been arrested on suspicion of murder and was identified as Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old serving in the force’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. He was held on suspicion of kidnap, before being further arrested on suspicion of murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick announces human remains have been found during the search for Everard. The discovery was made in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent. Police are yet to identify the remains.