POLICE have released new pictures of missing Sarah Everard as her family fear “bad people approached her”.
The search continues for the 33-year-old who disappeared six days ago after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham, South West London.
A new image of Sarah was released by police today. This is the coat she was wearing when she went missingCredit: Metropolitan Police
Cops this afternoon issued two new images of Sarah, hoping that it might encourage anyone with information to come forward.
In one she is wearing the coat she was wearing when she went missing.
Her distraught family fear “bad people approached her” as her “very worried” boyfriend issued a desperate plea.
Sarah left her friend’s house at around 9pm and should have returned home to nearby Brixton around 50 minutes later
Her uncle Nick Everard has now revealed the family are “absolutely distraught” and say the pain is “getting worse as the days go on”.
He told the Evening Standard: “I don’t know London well but I fear there could have been some bad people about who approached her.
“The family are searching with Sarah’s friends who have been absolutely amazing.”
Cops released this new image of Sarah todayCredit: Metropolitan Police
The search for Sarah has now reached its sixth dayCredit: PA:Press Association
Sarah’s boyfriend is said to be ‘very worried’ about her disappearanceCredit: LinkedIn
He issued an appeal on Facebook
Police have been searching drains and bins in ClaphamCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Sarah’s boyfriend Josh Lowth, who spoke to the marketing manager on the phone for around 15 minutes before she vanished, has appealed for information on Facebook.
He wrote: “Sarah is still missing.
“Please share this post to help us to find her. Today, more than ever, we miss our strong, beautiful friend.”
A relative also revealed today Josh is “very worried” as the search enters its sixth day.
Police are continuing to search for SarahCredit: Rex Features
They were pictured searching the Mount Pond in Clapham CommonCredit: Rex Features
Police say the remain ‘open-minded’Credit: Rex Features
He told MailOnline: “Josh and Sarah have been very happy together and she’s a lovely girl.
“The whole family is obviously very worried about her and just wants her home safely.
“We’re all pulling together and praying that this awful situation is quickly resolved. We want to thank the media for all their help.”
His dad Chris added: “We are concerned, like everybody is. We really, really want to see her back.”
The camera has a clear view of both sides of the busy road on Brixton Hill, which is close to the flat where the marketing manager lives alone.
Police were today seen searching drains close to where she vanished as the hunt ramps up.
Murder cops have taken over the investigation but are still treating the case as a missing person’s inquiry.
CCTV footage shows Sarah may not have returned homeCredit: Ralph Blackburn/Triangle News
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is definitely a missing person investigation at the moment but I remain open-minded as to all possibilities in the investigation.”
She said 750 people have now been spoken to by officers as they desperately try to find the missing marketing manager.
Police have also trawled through hours of CCTV around Sarah’s movements on the night she vanished.
DCI Goodwin has now appeared for anyone with footage to come forward – especially anyone driving along Poynders Road at 9pm on Wednesday.
She added: “The evidence that you have on your dash cam could be absolutely vital to finding Sarah.”
DCI Goodwin said specialist officers had been drafted in from across the Metropolitan Police to help with the investigation and she thanked members of the public who had come forward with information.
“We are all looking to try and find Sarah as quickly as possible,” she added.
She said she had met Sarah’s family, adding: “My heart goes out to them in this most difficult time and they are doing everything that they can in order to help find her along with her friends”.
This is the last sighting of Sarah on CCTV at around 9.30pmCredit: PA:Press Association
It is understood detectives investigating her disappearance have been told of assaults on women in the area, reports The Times.
In January, Metropolitan Police received a report of sexual harassment on a young female on Hydethorpe Road, just half a mile from where Sarah was last caught on CCTV.
At the start of February, a woman was witnessed being chased by a man just over a mile away.
Then, just three weeks ago, a 14-year-old girl was followed by a man in a van less than half a mile from where Sarah was last seen.
Meanwhile, other women said they reported groups of men following a woman in neighbouring district Balham.
But Scotland Yard has said it is so far not linking Sarah’s disappearance to any other incidents.
Police have been searching ponds in Clapham CommonCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
They have widened their search areaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
It comes after alarmed women living in the area revealed police urged them to be vigilant after the mysterious disappearance.
One said cops knocked on her door last night and warned her “not to go out alone” as they desperately try to piece together what happened.
Another woman, aged in her 30s, told The Sun Online: “I was told to be more careful because I live on my own.
“The police came round yesterday and said to be careful.
“I don’t want to leave the house at the moment. You don’t know what happened.
“It makes me very worried. I just can’t believe it.”
Officers have now widened to the search area to a park close to where Sarah’s phone last pinged.
Specialist divers and officers with sniffer dogs were today seen looking in ponds in Agnes Riley Gardens.
They are also combing for clues in a nearby housing estate, which is near to Sarah’s last sighting on CCTV at around 9.30pm on Poynder’s Road heading in the direction of Tulse Hill.
Sarah’s uncle has pleaded with any potential abductor to “just to be human and to let her come home”.
Nick Everard added: “If someone is holding her against her will I would plead with them just to be human and to let her come home, to let her talk to us, give us a ring or text to let us know she is OK.
“These are desperate times for the family. We know the police are doing everything they can but it’s the not knowing what has happened after four days is agonising.”
On Wednesday night, Sarah left a friend’s house in Leathwaite Road in Clapham about 9pm.
She headed through a back gate onto the A205 South Circular before she is believed to have walked across Clapham Common.
The marketing manager had spoken to her partner on the phone for about 15 minutes, and has not been heard from since that point, according to her friend Rose Woollard.
Clues to find Sarah
Officers are also asking people in the following areas to check doorbell or dashcam footage for any sightings of Sarah:
- The A205 South Circular around Clapham Common
- Cavendish Road
- New Park Road
- Brixton Hill
- Brixton Water Lane
The map shows a possible route Sarah would have followed
Sarah moved to the capital for work around 12 years ago and has a brother, James, and sister, Katie, who also live in London.
Her mum and dad have travelled from their home in York to assist with the search.
Her 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.”
Sarah’s sister, Katie, added on Facebook: “No words. Please share and contact me if you hear anything.”
Sarah 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 with information is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 3309/06MAR.
Information can also be provided anonymously by calling the Missing People charity on 116 000.
The clothes that Sarah was wearing at the time she disappearedCredit: PA:Press Association
Missing posters have been issued in the bid to help find Sarah