Sarah Everard ‘had no link and had never met’ Met gun cop Wayne Couzens arrested over kidnap and murder
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SARAH Everard had never met the Met gun cop arrested on suspicion of her kidnap and murder and had no link to him, it was reported today.
Wayne Couzens, 48, was yesterday being quizzed after the 33-year-old vanished walking home from Clapham last week.
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Sarah Everard was walking home when she vanished last week – and is not believed to have known suspect Wayne Couzens before her disappearance[/caption]
Cop Wayne Couzens, 48, has been arrested on suspicion of abduction and murder[/caption]
Last night Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said human remains had been found in woods — but did not confirm that they belonged to marketing executive Sarah, 33.
Cops had moved in on married dad-of-two PC Couzens after a car linked to him was allegedly spotted on a motorist’s dashcam near to where Sarah was last seen on the night of Wednesday, March 3.
But police do not believe PC Couzens had ever met Sarah previously.
Sources told The Times that while detectives were searching social media messages, they had so far not found a link between Couzens and Everard.
It comes as…
- Police were last night investigating whether Wayne Couzens used his warrant card to entice Sarah into a car
- Sarah’s family said she would never have taken a lift from a stranger
- Human remains were found in woodland in Kent last night as part of the investigation
- CCTV from a London bus could have helped cops in their investigation
- Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said she was “utterly appalled” at the news
The source said there was “so far there is no evidence” of a link but added: “You can’t be 100 percent certain at this stage but so far it is a leading line of inquiry that Sarah didn’t know whoever attacked her.”
Last night Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she was “utterly appalled” that an officer had been arrested over Sarah’s disappearance.
The top cop confirmed human remains had been found in woodland near Ashford, Kent.
It is 30 miles from the Deal home where Met Police gun cop Couzens, 48, was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of Sarah’s kidnap.
Sarah Everard went missing a week ago and human remains have now been found[/caption]
Couzens is being quizzed by police over Sarah’s disappearance[/caption]
Cops have conducted extensive searches over the past week[/caption]
He was then arrested for Sarah’s murder yesterday.
Police were unable to confirm the identity of the body and said it is likely to take “a significant time” to be able to do so.
However, Sarah’s family was informed of the tragic find.
The marksman, whose role involves guarding politicians and protecting events attended by senior royals, is believed to have worked a shift in South London that day.
His Ukraine-born wife Elena, 38, who works as a laboratory manager, has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
A source said last night: “The working hypothesis is that he saw Sarah on the street for the first time and kidnapped her.
“At this stage, it is thought the officer used his warrant card to entice Sarah towards his car.
“One theory is that he may have used the Covid lockdown as a pretext to engage with her and then snatched her.”
PC Couzens is attached to the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (PDP) unit normally based at the Palace of Westminster.
Detectives probing Sarah’s suspected murder searched his locker yesterday.
The cop’s Ukraine-born wife Elena, 38, who works as a laboratory manager, has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender[/caption]
Sarah is not believed to know Wayne Couzens[/caption]
Sarah, 33, vanished while walking home in South London[/caption]
Couzens’ work with the police saw him protect major public events attended by senior members of the Royal Family[/caption]
A forensic tent can be seen outside a home in Kent as police investigate[/caption]
Officers from the Metropolitan Police search Great Chart Golf and Leisure near Ashford, Kent[/caption]
Police search an area of a golf driving range in Kent[/caption]
Cops are seen searching through bushes[/caption]
The movements of the car, believed to have been hired, were said to have been tracked by ANPR cameras from the scene.
It is understood PC Couzens worked a 2 pm to 8 pm relief shift at the US Embassy in Nine Elms, South West London.
It is around three miles from where Sarah, who was wearing a green rain jacket and navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern, was last seen on a doorbell camera at 9.30 pm.
At the time she was walking alone on Pounders Road, part of the South Circular, after a 15-minute phone call with her boyfriend Josh Lowth.
Moments later PC Couzens is suspected of bundling Sarah into his car out of view of cameras.
Sarah had been walking from a friend’s house on Wednesday last week – heading back to her Brixton home.
However, she vanished that night – with police launching a desperate hunt for the 33-year-old.
Following the arrest of the police officer, the Metropolitan Police has made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Detectives are combing for clues on Pounders Road[/caption]