UK police officer suspected of murder in missing woman case

LONDON (AP) – Britain’s Metropolitan Police said they arrested a police officer on suspicion of kidnapping and murder in connection with a woman who went missing in London last week.

The force said on Wednesday the fact that the man was a serving officer was “shocking and deeply disturbing”, but sought to reassure Londoners that abductions from the city’s streets remain rare.

The force said the man, who is in his 40s, was arrested on Tuesday in Kent, southeast of London, as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive who vanished while walking home from a friend’s apartment in south London on March 3.

Police said detectives believe they have found human remains in woodland in Kent. Police had not yet confirmed the identity of the remains.

The suspect was a serving officer in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, police said, and was responsible for patrolling diplomatic premises such as Parliament, Downing Street and embassies in London. The force did not specify where he had worked.

He was first arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, and on Wednesday he was “further arrested on suspicion of murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure”.