Sarah Everard: Hat found in search for missing 33-year-old ‘not linked to disappearance’
Written by Hitmix News on 8 March 2021
A hat found on Clapham Common similar to the one Sarah Everard was wearing when she was last seen on Wednesday evening is not believed to be linked to her disappearance.
The cream wool hat, discovered in a bush by a passer-by at about 11am on Monday, appeared to be similar to the one worn by the 33-year-old in CCTV footage released by detectives in a public appeal.
However the Metropolitan Police later said it did not believe it was linked to missing Ms Everard, who was last seen near the common in south London.
Image: The hat was found by a passer-by Image: A previously released image of Ms Everard on the night she went missing
Earlier, Ms Everard’s uncle said her phone is not ringing and WhatsApp messages are not getting through.
Nick Everard said his brother and sister-in-law are “beside themselves with worry” and pleaded with anyone who may be holding his niece to “just be human and to let her come home”.
“Let her talk to us, give us a ring or text to let us know she is OK,” Mr Everard added.
Image: Sarah Everard has not been heard from since Wednesday
He told The Sun it is “completely out of character” for Sarah not to be in contact with her family.
The 33-year-old marketing manager is happy, fit and healthy, he said, has a boyfriend and recently started a new job.
“These are desperate times for the family,” Mr Everard continued.
“We know the police are doing everything they can but not knowing what has happened after (several) days is agonising.”
Image: Ms Everard disappeared while walking home on Wednesday evening
Ms Everard’s parents and brother and sister have joined the search for her in Clapham, south London, and have been walking her last known journey, her uncle said.
He added that Sarah is a “bright young woman, very sensible” who he imagines is “very streetwise” after living in London for “a long time”.
Ms Everard vanished while walking to her home in Brixton from the nearby Clapham Junction area on Wednesday evening.
She had been at a friend’s house when she left the property in Leathwaite Road around 9pm.
Image: Clapham Common has been searched Image: Volunteers from London Search and Rescue near Eagle Pond on Clapham Common
A fresh CCTV image of Ms Everard – understood to have been discovered on a private doorbell-type camera – has been given to police.
It captures her walking alone along the A205 Poynders Road, from the junction at Cavendish Road, toward Tulse Hill, which lies south of Brixton.
The image appears to suggest she walked through Clapham Common and was heading towards her home, although police said it is unclear whether she made it there.
Ms Everard’s aunt Jane Everard, from Bolton, Lancashire, told The Sun: “We’re devastated. It is so out of character for her.
“She has a very big circle of friends from Durham, where she was at university and down in London. It has been a real shock. We are all so worried.”
Teams of police and volunteers have been searching Clapham Common since Friday evening.
An extensive investigation combining searches and house-to-house inquiries is ongoing to find any further sightings of Ms Everard, the Metropolitan Police said.
Image: Police in a RIB with a sniffer dog search a pond on the common
The investigation is being led by the Met’s Specialist Crime Command because of the “complex nature” of the case, the force added.
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said: “I would like to stress that there is no information at this stage to suggest anything untoward may have happened to Sarah.
“The focus remains on returning her home to her family safe and well and that is our number one priority.
“I would like to thank Sarah’s family and friends, the local community and members of the public for their help to raise awareness of this appeal and for coming forward with information.
“I would urge anybody who has information or noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact us if you haven’t already.”
Image: Police photo of items of clothing and personal belongings similar to those worn by Ms Everard
Ms Everard 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 and is described as 5ft 4in (162cm) with a slim build and blonde hair.
Scotland Yard has issued an appeal for news of Ms Everard.
In a statement, 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.”
Anyone who has seen Sarah or who has information that may assist the investigation should call the Incident Room on 0208 785 8244