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A body has been found in the search for missing Sarah Everard who disappeared while walking home in south London a week ago, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.
The 33-year-old's disappearance after leaving a friend's house in Clapham, south-west London, sparked a frantic search to locate her with flats cordoned off in Tulse Hill, South London on Tuesday before sites in Kent were searched on Wednesday.
The tragic update was confirmed by the force's Commissioner outside Scotland Yard on Wednesday evening.
She confirmed the discovery was made in woodlands near Ashford in Kent.
Ms Everard’s disappearance in “awful and wicked circumstances” are every family’s nightmare, Ms Dick said.
She said Londoners should know that it is “thankfully incredibly rare” for a woman to be abducted from the capital’s streets.
The commissioner added her thoughts are with Ms Everard’s family.
The Met is not yet able to confirm an identity and Ms Dick added that such an ID "may take some considerable time".
The investigation has seen a serving Metropolitan Police officer arrested on suspicion of kidnap, murder and indecent exposure in connection with the case, with Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave describing it as a "serious and significant" development.
Following the arrest police searched a home and woodland in Kent. A woman is also being held on suspicion of assisting an offender.
The officer was not on duty at the time when Sarah went missing.
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