The Metropolitan Police have confirmed on Friday that the body found in a Kent woodland has been formally identified as Sarah Everard, who went missing last week in south London.

Speaking on Friday afternoon, Nick Ephgrave, assistant commissioner of the Met Police, said that the human remains found on Wednesday had been identified as missing London woman Sarah Everard.

“I can now confirm that it is the body of Sarah Everard. Clearly, Sarah’s family have been updated with this most distressing news,” the officer reported.

“Specialist officers remain in constant contact with Sarah’s family, and will continue to support them throughout the investigation and beyond,” Ephgrave said.

“That investigation continues at a pace, and we have hundreds of officers working round the clock to establish the full circumstances of Sarah’s disappearance, and her murder.”

The assistant commissioner said the force’s commitment to keep people safe was “strengthened by these tragic circumstances,” adding that he recognised the “wider concerns of the safety of women in public places.”

Everard, a 33-year-old marketing manager, went missing on March 3 as she walked home from Clapham to Brixton in south west London. Met officer PC Wayne Couzens, 48, who was arrested in relation to her disappearance, is being questioned on suspicion of murder and kidnap, as well as an unrelated allegation of indecent exposure at a fast-food restaurant in south London.

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