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The serving Metropolitan Police officer who was arrested in relation to Sarah Everard's disappearance is suspected of murder.
Sarah has not been seen or heard from since she left her friend's house in Clapham, south London, at around 9pm on Wednesday, March 3.
Officers have already carried out searches at a home in seaside town Deal, Kent, along with woods outside Ashford.
A policeman in his 40s was arrested on the evening of Tuesday, March 9, on suspicion of kidnap.
Today, Wednesday, 10 March, he has been further arrested on suspicion of murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure.
The man is a serving Metropolitan Police officer in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, though he has not yet been identified.
His primary role was uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises.
A woman, who is aged in her 30s, was also arrested on the evening of 9 March on suspicion of assisting an offender.
She remains in custody.
Following the arrest of the police officer, the Metropolitan Police has made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Nick Ephgrave, Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, this morning confirmed the officer was not on duty at the time Sarah went missing.
Asked if he believed she might still be alive, the officer responded: "We are searching as hard as we can to find Sarah so we really hope that is the case, of course."
He told reporters at Scotland Yard: "This is a serious and significant development in our search for Sarah and the fact that the man who has been arrested is a serving Metropolitan Police officer is both shocking and deeply disturbing."
- Sarah Everard
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