Sarah Everard: Search finds ‘human remains’ says Cressida Dick
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The news comes the day after human remains were found in Kent – although these have yet to been identified as being those of Sarah. A police statement said: “Following the arrest of a police officer, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) made two referrals, one mandatory and one voluntary, to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
“These were linked to the conduct of the officer arrested on suspicion of kidnap, murder and indecent exposure.
“The IOPC has determined both these matters should be locally investigated by the MPS.”
The statement added: “We also made a mandatory referral in relation to the actions of police after Sarah was reported missing. We await the IOPC’s assessment.
Sarah Everard was last seen on Friday (Image: GETTY)
“A further voluntary referral was made for a conduct matter in relation to the police investigation into the separate allegations of indecent exposure. The IOPC have determined this will be subject to an independent IOPC investigation.
“We have made another mandatory referral to the IOPC after the man arrested was taken to a hospital for treatment to a head injury sustained while in custody in a cell alone. He was being monitored by CCTV and received immediate first aid. We await the IOPC’s assessment.
“We are offering every assistance to the IOPC.”
Police have yet formally to identify the remains found in Kent.
Police in Ashford in Kent (Image: GETTY)
Sarah’s family today paid tribute to her as a “shining example to us all”, describing her as a daughter and sister who “brought so much joy to our lives”.
In a statement released on their behalf by the Metropolitan Police, the 33-year-old marketing executive’s family appealed for information to help the force’s investigation.
They said: “Our beautiful daughter Sarah was taken from us and we are appealing for any information that will help to solve this terrible crime.
“Sarah was bright and beautiful – a wonderful daughter and sister.
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Human remains have been found near Ashford in Kent (Image: GETTY)
“She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable.
“She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour.
“She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all. We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives.
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“We would like to thank our friends and family for all their support during this awful time and we would especially like to thank Sarah’s friends who are working tirelessly to help.
“We are so grateful to the police and would like to thank them for all they are doing. We are now pleading for additional help from the public.
“Please come forward and speak to the police if you have any information. No piece of information is too insignificant. Thank you.”
Flowers left close to where the remains were found (Image: GETTY)
A man arrested on suspicion of the kidnap and murder of Sarah has been further detained in custody, having been arrested on Tuesday evening.
A woman who was arrested at the same time on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released on bail to return to a police station on a date in mid-April.
The investigation is being led by Specialist Crime detectives who are drawing on expertise and skills from hundreds of colleagues across the Met. They are also being supported by Kent Police.