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Human remains have been found in the search for Sarah Everard, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has confirmed.
The police boss told the media that the unidentified remains had been found in a woodland in Kent.
Commissioner Dick said: "This evening, detectives and search teams investigating Sarah's disappearance have found very sadly what appears to be human remains.
"The discovery was made in an area of woodland in Ashford in Kent. As you can imagine, at this early stage we are not able to confirm any identity and, indeed, that may take us some considerable time."
This comes after authorities announced they had arrested a serving police officer yesterday (9 March) in connection to the 33-year-old's disappearance.
He was later further arrested on suspicion of murder, while a woman has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Ms Everard was last seen in Clapham at about 9.30pm on 3 March.
Discussing the development, Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said it was 'shocking and deeply disturbing'.
He told the press: "This is a serious and significant development in our search for Sarah.
"The fact that the arrested man is a serving Metropolitan Police officer is both shocking and deeply disturbing. I recognise the significant concern this will cause.
"It's really important that the investigation team are given the space and time to find Sarah, and they're working at full speed to do so.
"I would also like to thank all members of the public who have come forward since we made our appeal to give information.
"Every piece of information is important to us, and I would reissue that request now, [for] anyone who thinks they may know anything about Sarah's disappearance to come forward.
"As a father myself to four young women, I can only imagine the anguish that Sarah's family are feeling at this very, very difficult time.
"My thought and prayers, and those of the entire organisation, are with them now."
Sarah was walking home from a friend's house when she was last seen - a journey that should have taken her just 50 minutes.
Her family had said it was 'totally out of character' for her to go missing.
Sarah - who is originally from York and attended Durham University - was last seen wearing a green rain jacket, navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern, and turquoise and orange trainers.
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