Police and friends of Brixton resident Sarah Everard, who is missing, are appealing for anyone who may have seen her or captured CCTV images of her on Wednesday evening (3 March) to come forward.
She spoke with her partner on the phone on her way home to Brixton on Wednesday evening after visiting a friend in Clapham and they talked for about 15 minutes about how their day had been and discussed plans to see each other the following day.
Shortly after the phone call ended at 21.28, her friends believe that something happened to Sarah.
Police today (9 March) released two new images of her. One shows her wearing the same green coat as she had on when she went missing.
Officers continue to ask people who live in the Poynders Road area of the South Circular where she was last seen at about 9.30pm last Wednesday, to check any CCTV or dashcams they may have and to come forward with any information.
More than 120 calls have so far been received from members of the public. Information from them is being assessed as part of extensive police enquiries.
The investigation continues “at pace”, with 750 homes in the area visited, many CCTV recordings being examined, and searches of open spaces continuing.
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said: “We’ve released two new images of Sarah as we continue to search for her.
“Please take a look at them and consider if you saw her on the night she went missing. I am interested in hearing from people who may have been in the area from 21.30 hours onward.
“We have seen an overwhelming response from the public, not only in terms of information that has come into us, but also how social media is being used to share the appeals far and wide.
I would like to thank everyone for the support they have provided. It is clear that everyone wants to help us to find Sarah safe and well.
Superintendent Kris Wright, from the Metropolitan Police central south area command unit which covers Clapham, said: “I know that Sarah’s disappearance is weighing on people’s minds and the local community is, of course, concerned about her and may even feel worried.
“I want them to know that they should expect to see more police officers on patrol in the area as we continue to search for Sarah and talk with the community.
“If you want to approach them about any concerns you have, please do so.
“We are here to support the community and we genuinely want to help in any way we can.”
DCI Goodwin said: “We have … a number of CCTV recordings, but we know that there are likely to be many more out there.
“Please, even if you’re not sure, check your doorbell or CCTV footage just in case it holds a clue.
“I’m also asking delivery drivers or anyone with dashcam footage who would have been in the Poynders Road area at approximately 21.30 hours on Wednesday to come forward.
DCI Goodwin said “significant resources” are committed to the investigation, with assistance coming from across the Metropolitan police.
“I want to remain clear that, at this time, we have no information to suggest that Sarah has come to any harm and we retain an open mind as to the circumstances.
“We share the wish of her family and friends to have her back safely with her loved ones.”
On Sunday, detectives released new information about where she was last seen.
Sarah was spotted on CCTV at approximately 21:30hrs on Wednesday, 3 March. She was walking alone on the A205 (South Circular) Poynders Road, from the junction with Cavendish Road, in the direction of Tulse Hill.
On Saturday afternoon (6 March), officers investigating the disappearance released a CCTV image of Sarah from the night she was reported missing and are asking people in areas where she may have been seen, including parts of Brixton, to check doorbell and dash cameras.
At about 9pm she left her friend’s house in Leathwaite Road through a back gate onto the A205 South Circular and began walking to her home address in Brixton.
It is unclear if she returned to her home address. She has not been seen or heard from since.
In a statement, Sarah’s family said: “With every day that goes by we are getting more worried about Sarah. She is always in regular contact with us and with her friends and it is totally out of character for her to disappear like this. We long to see her and want nothing more than for her to be found safe and well.
“We are so grateful to the police and all our friends for all they are doing. We are desperate for news and if anyone knows anything about what has happened to her, we would urge you to please come forward and speak to the police. No piece of information is too insignificant.”
Police are also asking people in the following areas to check doorbell or dashcam footage for any sightings of Sarah:
- Cavendish Road
- New Park Road
- Brixton Hill
- Brixton Water Lane
Sarah is 5 foot 4 inches (1.63 metres) has a slim build and blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a green rain jacket, navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern and turquoise and orange trainers. She was also thought to have been wearing green earphones and a white beanie hat.
Anyone who has seen Sarah or who has information that may assist the investigation should call the Incident Room on 020 8785 8244. Information can also be provided to detectives using the Major Incident Portal or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Sarah’s best friend Rose, a teacher, said: “Sarah and I met many years ago whilst studying together at Durham University.
“She has always been an exceptional friend, dropping everything to be there to support her friends, whenever they need her.
“It was only recently that she was telling me the good news about her new role as a senior marketing account manager which she was excited to start.
“She is a beautiful, thoughtful and incredibly kind friend. It is extremely uncharacteristic of her to have gone missing, which is why we are all deeply concerned something has happened to her.”