Police in the UK have discovered human remains in the latest twist in the search for a 33-year-old woman who vanished over a week ago.
The remains have not yet been formally identified, however London Metropolitan Police believe they likely to belong to Sarah Everard who has not been seen since she left her home in south London last week.
The gruesome development comes after police announced a serving London Metropolitan Police officer had been further arrested on suspicion of murder in connection Ms Everard’s disappearance.
Detectives first arrested the officer, aged in his 40s, on Tuesday evening in Kent, southern England on suspicion of kidnap but is now facing possible murder charges.
Ms Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, went missing after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham last Wednesday evening.
A security camera placed in a doorway captured her walking alone on the south London streets towards her home, The Guardian reports, but she has not been seen since.
The officer remains in custody at a London police station, police said.
He is a serving Metropolitan Police officer in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, the Met said in a statement Wednesday. His “primary role was uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises,” it added.
“We have to believe Sarah will still be found and brought back safely,” he said.
Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave described the arrest of the officer as “both shocking and deeply disturbing.”
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said: “This is a significant development in our inquiry.”
“All women and girls should be able to feel safe on the street of London at all times,” Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement.
The case garnered significant public interest and media coverage in the UK with extensive searches conducted across the area where Ms Everard was last seen.
“I know how shocked and worried Londoners are by Sarah’s disappearance and the developments in the case.
Officers have also been searching with sniffer dogs, in drains and nearby gardens.
Metropolitan Police said it had visited 750 homes in the area and taken more than 120 calls from the public.