Met Police said on Friday evening that the human remains found in woodland near Ashford, Kent, belongs to missing woman Sarah Everard.
Police had declared Ms Everard missing after she was last seen on the 3 March after leaving her friend’sfriend’s house in Clapham, South London.
Detectives arrested a serving police officer on Tuesday on suspicion of her abduction and murder.
Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave confirmed on Friday the body found in Kent had been identified as Ms Everard.
Assistant Comm Ephgrave said, “”As you know, on Wednesday evening, detectives investigating the disappearance of Sarah Everard discovered a body secreted in woodland in Kent.
“”The body has now been recovered, and a formal identification procedure has now been undertaken. I can now confirm that it is the body of Sarah Everard.”
Her family had paid tribute to her on Thursday, describing her as “thoughtful, caring and dependable”.
The Assistant Commissioner said Sarah’s family had been informed of the development and continued to be supported by the Specialist police.
He added, “That investigation continues at a pace, and we have hundreds of officers working round the clock to establish the full circumstances of Sarah’sSarah’s disappearance and her murder.”
Sarah, who lived in Brixton, Southwest London, was last seen on 3 March around 9.30 pm.
A camera from a private doorbell showed her on the A205 Poynders Road, walking towards the Tulse Hill area.
Detective named the Serving police suspect as Wayne Couzen, 48, who walked as a Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.
Police also arrested Couzen over an allegation of indecent exposure.
Two police officers are reportedly being investigated over the way they handle the report of indecent exposure after PC Couzens’ arrest.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct said its investigation follows a ‘conduct referral’ from the force concerning two officers who received the complaints on Wednesday night.
According to the watchdog, the probe also linked to four other referrals, all of which are connected to the arrest of PC Couzens.
Reclaim These Street has been trending on Twitter and has organized a vigil in Clapham Common, which Everard is believed to have crossed on her way home.
Similar events are planned in other cities and towns – Cardiff, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Liverpool.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has warned sympathizers against attending the event over the fear of further spreading Coronavirus.
The organizers have vowed to challenge the police in court after they described the gathering as “unlawful.”