Investigators have arrested a serving police officer in connection with the disappearance of Sarah Everard.
The man was arrested on Tuesday evening at an address in Kent and currently in police custody at a London Police station.
Police also arrested a woman at the same address on suspicion of assisting an offender.
She has also been taken into custody at the same station.
The Directorate of Professional Standards and Sarah’s family have been informed of the development.
In a statement, Sarah’s family said: “With every day that goes by, we are getting more worried about Sarah. She is always in regular contact with us and with her friends and it is totally out of character for her to disappear like this. We long to see her and want nothing more than for her to be found safe and well.
“We are so grateful to the police and all our friends for all they are doing. We are desperate for news, and if anyone knows anything about what has happened to her, we would urge you to please come forward and speak to the police. No piece of information is too insignificant.”
“This is a significant development in our inquiry. This is a fast-moving investigation, and we are 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 to come forward, no matter how insignificant it may seem.”
Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said: “The arrest this evening is a serious and significant development. We will continue to work with all speed on this investigation, but the fact that the arrested man is a serving Metropolitan Police officer is both shocking and deeply disturbing.
“I understand there will be a significant public concern, but it is essential that the investigative team are given the time and space to continue their work.”
Police said another statement would be issued on the issue tonight.
Sarah, 33, was last seen on Wednesday, 3 March, at approximately 21:00hrs after she left a friend’s house in Leathwaite Road through a back gate onto the A204 South Circular and began walking to her home address in Brixton.
At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a green rain jacket, navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern, turquoise, and orange trainers.
She is also believed to have been wearing green earphones and a white beanie hat, and a face covering.
The police believed she walked across Clapham common and was expected to arrive home approximately 50 minutes later.
Investigators are yet to ascertain whether she returned to her home address.
According to the CCTV released by detectives, Sarah was seen at about 21:30 on the same day walking alone on the A205 Poynders Road, from the junction with Cavendish Road, in the direction of Tulse Hill.
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said: “We have seen an overwhelming response from the public not only in terms of information that has come into us but also how social media is being used to share the appeals far and wide. I would like to thank the public for the support they have provided. It is clear that everyone wants to help us to find Sarah safe and well.”
Police continue to treat the case as a missing person’s enquiry and are led by Met’s Specialist Crime Command due to its complex nature and concerns for Sarah’s welfare.
“We have seized a number of CCTV recordings, but we know that there are likely to be many more out there. Please, even if you’re not sure, check your doorbell or CCTV footage just in case it holds a clue. I’m also asking delivery drivers or anyone with dashcam footage which would have been in the Poynders Road area at approximately 21:30hrs on Wednesday to come forward,” Detective Goodwin added.
Officers are also asking people in the following areas to check doorbell or dashcam footage for any sightings of Sarah:
- The A205 South Circular around Clapham Common
- Cavendish Road
- New Park Road
- Brixton Hill
- Brixton Water Lane
Anyone with useful information is asked to contact the police on 0208 785 8244 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.