The disappearance and alleged murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard has shaken the nation. The marketing executive was loved by many, being described by those who were close to her as “popular, strong and incredibly kind.”

A serving Metropolitan Police officer, understood to be 48-year-old Wayne Couzens, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with Sarah’s disappearance.

This is a timeline of everything we know so far.

Wednesday, March 3rd

Sarah goes missing after leaving a friend’s house at 9pm in Clapham, South London. She was travelling home to Brixton at the time, a journey that should have taken approximately 50 minutes.

Saturday, March 6th

Metropolitan Police raise the alarm over Sarah’s disappearance. Family members said it was “totally out of character” for her to cease regular contact between these days.

Sunday, March 7th

Police release footage taken from a private doorbell-type camera showing Sarah walking along the A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill, just south of Brixton.

She was spotted on CCTV cameras throughout the area, believed to be wearing a green rain jacket, navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern and turquoise and orange trainers. She was reportedly on a phone call with her boyfriend for 15 minutes before being reported as missing.

Sarah’s uncle, Nick Everard, said while the police are doing everything they can, “not knowing what has happened after four days is agonising”.

Credit: Metropolitan Police, Sunday 7th March.

Monday, March 8th

Scotland Yard said it remains “open-minded as to all possibilities” over Sarah’s disappearance, while confirming a missing persons investigation.

Specialist officers are drafted in from across the Metropolitan Police force, with over 120 calls from members of the public sharing information.

Tuesday, March 9th

Police use sniffer dogs to search sites near Sarah’s envisaged walk home and in the nearby Oaklands Estate.

The Metropolitan Police tweeted that they had arrested a police officer at an address in Kent in connection with her disappearance. The serving Metropolitan Police officer, understood to be 48-year-old Wayne Couzens, was arrested in connection with Sarah’s disappearance.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said that the fact the man is a serving police officer, “is both shocking and deeply disturbing”.

Wednesday, March 10th

The force announced at around 3pm that the officer had been arrested on suspicion of kidnap, before being further arrested on suspicion of murder.

Later that evening, the Met commissioner, Cressida Dick, said “human remains” had been found in an area of woodland in Ashford in Kent and identified as Sarah Everard.

Thursday, March 11th

The Metropolitan Police officer, Wayne Couzens, suspected of kidnapping and murdering Sarah, was taken to hospital for a head injury sustained while in custody.

Scotland Yard announced that Couzens remains in custody after an application to extend his detention was granted at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.

Friday, March 12th

On Friday, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that the body found in Kent has been identified as 33-year-old Sarah Everard. Metropolitan Police’s Assistant Commissioner, Nick Ephgrave, made a statement, saying: “Sarah’s family have been updated with this most distressing news. I just want to pause for a moment and say that my thoughts and prayers, and those of the entire organisation, remain with her, and with them.”

Though finding justice for Sarah is of the utmost importance, we should remember the woman behind the headlines, too. Sarah Everard was a young woman caught in a horrible attack, but to her family, her friends and her colleagues, she is far more.

In a statement to the press, Sarah’s  family said:

“Sarah was bright and beautiful – a wonderful daughter and sister. She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable. She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour.

“She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all.”

Keep yourself as safe as possible. These apps can help keep you feel more at ease when walking alone at night.

iPhone Emergency SOS

You can use the emergency settings on your phone to activate an SOS call. It’s simple and perfect for discreet sotuations.

  1. Press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears.
  2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold down the side button and Volume button, instead of dragging the slider, a countdown will start and an alert will sound. If you hold down the buttons until the countdown has finished, your iPhone will automatically call the emergency services.

Smart Watcher

Tracks your location to help you stay safe. You can include up to twelve Watchers — trusted family and friends — who will be alerted of your location if you press the emergency button.

Circle of 6

Offering a user-friendly interface and range of innovative features, Circle of 6 won a White House Technology Challenge and unsurprisingly receives great press. Start using the app by adding up to six people you trust to your circle. When you need help, simply tap the appropriate icon, and your circle will be notified.

React Mobile

React Mobile has three primary modes: I’m Fine, Follow Me, and SOS Help Me. Enabling Follow Me mode sends your chosen contacts a text or email with a link to your GPS location. From there, your contacts can follow you in real-time and be alerted when you safely check-in.

Has there been a time when you’ve felt unsafe, or have you experienced an incident? If you feel comfortable sharing, get in touch at and you could be featured in our special report on women’s safety coming soon. Names can be kept anonymous.