Missing Sarah Everard: Police seen searching ponds as concern for 33-year-old grows

Missing Sarah Everard: Police seen searching ponds as concern for 33-year-old grows

Police can be seen searching the ponds of London’s Clapham Common as concern for a missing 33-year-old’s wellbeing grows.

Sarah Everard has been missing since leaving a friend’s house on Wednesday evening.

Police investigating the “totally out of character” disappearance earlier released a CCTV image of her.

A report on Sky News said the marine policing unit had been searching the ponds in the Common where she is believed to have walked through on her way home, before she went missing.

DCI Ian Kenward told Sky they are keeping an open mind but police are “extremely concerned for Sarah’s wellbeing”.

Friends have been out in force in the local area of south London putting up posters with appeals for help.

Sarah left a friend’s house in Clapham at around 9pm and began walking home to Brixton, Scotland Yard said.

She is thought to have left Leathwaite Road through a back gate and walked across Clapham Common and was expected to arrive home around 50 minutes later, but she has not been seen or heard from since.

It is unclear if she returned to her home address, said the force.

Sarah was last seen wearing a green rain jacket, navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern, and turquoise and orange trainers.

She is thought to have been wearing green earphones and a white beanie hat.

In a statement, her family said earlier: “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.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Kenward said: “Sarah’s disappearance is completely out of character and understandably her family and friends are incredibly worried.

“We are also growing increasingly concerned for her welfare and have officers working round the clock to try and find her.

“I would ask anybody who was in the Clapham Common area on Wednesday night to think about whether you saw Sarah or any suspicious activity around the time of her disappearance.”

People who may have footage or were in the following areas are being urged to check cameras: the A205 South Circular around Clapham Common, Cavendish Road, New Park Road, Brixton Hill and Brixton Water Lane.

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