Following the disappearance of Sarah Everard, authorities in England arrested a police officer on suspicion for kidnap Tuesday. Later, the suspicion raised to murder.
Wayne Couzens, 48, served as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police in the U.K. Authorities arrested him in his home in Kent, where he lived with his wife and two children. It is unclear why the police suspected Couzens, and officials have not released information on the relationship between Everard and Couzens. According to The Scottish Sun, the police also detained a woman from Couzens’ property.
Everard, 33, went missing March 3 on the way home from her friend’s house in south London. A marketing executive, Everard left the house around 9 p.m. and never returned home to Brixton. Her family noted that it is “uncharacteristic” for her to not contact them, according to Independent.
The walk home should have taken around 50 minutes, according to officials. On March 6, they released CCTV footage of Everard walking home around 9:30 p.m. She appeared alone, and wore a green rain jacket, navy blue pants with a white pattern and a white hat.
Authorities, with the aid of cadaver dogs, searched the route Everard took. However, the only thing they found was a white hat similar to the one she wore that night.
According to BBC, officials were surprised to see that a fellow officer was the suspect in the investigation.
“The fact that the man who has been arrested is a serving Metropolitan Police officer is both shocking and deeply disturbing,” Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said.