Human remains were found during the search for Sarah Everard, whose disappearance a week ago led to a major police hunt and the arrest of a police diplomatic protection officer.
The remains were found on Wednesday in Ashford, Kent, according to Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick.
Everard, 33, disappeared after leaving a friend’s flat in Clapham, southwest London, last Wednesday at about 9 p.m.
A serving officer has been arrested in relation to the incident.
Wayne Couzens, 48, has been accused of murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure after previously being detained on Tuesday on suspicion of kidnap.
“This evening, detectives and search teams investigating the disappearance have found, very sadly, what appears to be human remains,” said Dick in a statement.
“Specialist officers have been with Sarah’s family to update them on the investigation and continue to give them the best support we possibly can.”
As the case involves a police officer, it has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.