Sarah Everard's heartbroken family told at inquest of her final moments before she disappeared while walking home
SARAH Everard’s heartbroken family were today told of her final moments before she disappeared as her inquest was opened this morning.
The 33-year-old had dinner at a friend from university’s house in Clapham, South West London, just hours before she went missing, the inquest heard.
A hearing in Maidstone, Kent, was told her concerned boyfriend filed a missing person report when she failed to attend a work meeting the following day.
Senior coroner Patricia Harding told the hearing at the County Hall that "the pathologist has not given a medical cause of death".
But she confirmed no natural disease was found which would have caused her death and checks and tests will continue to establish how she died.
The coroner also revealed that Sarah’s body has now been released to her family, who were watching the inquest remotely, for her funeral to take place.
Acting Detective Inspector Lee Tullott outlined the marketing executive’s final movements before she went missing.
He told the hearing: “From her last movements we have ascertained she attended a friend from university's address for dinner in Clapham in South London.
“She left about 9pm. She made an approximately 15 minute phone call which terminated at 9.27pm.
“There was no further activity we have been able to establish on her phone, and no social media presence either.
She failed to attend a meeting at work the following day. It was all very much out of character and at that point her boyfriend Josh grew concerned having not heard from her for some time."
“She failed to attend a meeting at work the following day. It was all very much out of character and at that point her boyfriend Josh grew concerned having not heard from her for some time.
“A missing person enquiry was started on Thursday March 4 and continued into Friday and onwards.
“From our enquiries we were able to some degree to plot Sarah's route on her way home.”
Ms Everard went missing on March 3 while walking home after visiting a friend in South London.
Her body had to be identified by dental records after being found in a builder's bag in Kent, it is said.
Serving police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, from Deal, has been charged with her murder.
Meanwhile, in Kent, a large police presence has been seen in the town of Sandwich as officers continue to search for clues.
On Monday, police were seen searching a shopping trolley shelter outside a Co-operative supermarket and looking under vehicles.
Specialist divers have been called up from Devon and Cornwall and have been combing a small stretch of water.
Sarah's heartbroken family saw Couzens for the first on Tuesday when he appeared at the Old Bailey.
They watched remotely as the married dad-of-two – wearing a red sweatshirt and grey jogging bottoms – spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
He appeared to have a large cut on his head and rocked back and forth during the hearing.
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