Wayne Couzens is a 48-year-old Metropolitan police officer in England accused in the disappearance and possible death of a missing marketing executive named Sarah Everard, who went missing on March 3rd, 2021. According to Metropolitan police, he “is a serving Metropolitan Police officer in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.”
Couzens is “a Westminster-based diplomatic protection officer and has to be armed for his job.” Daily Mail reported that Couzens worked as a car mechanic before becoming a police officer ten years ago. Police are also questioning Couzens about an indecent exposure case involving another woman. Surveillance footage led police to Couzens as a suspect.
The unit Couzens was assigned to “is responsible for the protection of government-owned buildings and embassies as well as ministers and visiting heads of state.” Police were searching Couzens’ £200,000 Kent property which “is close to woodland” where police are searching for Everard.
Wayne Couzens Arrest
Couzens was arrested on March 9th, 2021, in Kent, England. Although police did not formally release his name, it has been widely reported in the British news media. Metropolitan police confirmed that they had arrested a man without naming him in their initial statement. “A man arrested in connection with the disappearance of Sarah Everard remains in custody at a London police station,” they wrote.
“The man, who is aged in his 40s, was arrested on the evening of Tuesday, 9 March on suspicion of kidnap. Today, Wednesday, 10 March, he has been further arrested on suspicion of murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure.”
They added, “The man is a serving Metropolitan Police officer in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. His primary role was uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises.”
They added, “A woman, who is aged in her 30s, was also arrested on the evening of 9 March on suspicion of assisting an offender. She remains in custody. Officers are searching locations in London and Kent including a property in Deal and an area of woodland near Ashford. Following the arrest of the police officer, the Metropolitan Police has made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”
Police revealed, “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.”
In a statement released by Met police, Sarah’s 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.
“Sarah had been at a friend’s house in Clapham on the evening of Wednesday, 3 March. At approximately 21:00hrs she left the property in Leathwaite Road through a back gate onto the A205 South Circular and began walking to her home address in Brixton.”
The police continued, in a statement, “She is thought to have walked across Clapham Common and was expected to arrive home approximately 50 minutes later. It is unclear if she returned to her home address. She has not been seen or heard from since.”
There was a surveillance image captured of her. “At around 21:30hrs on Wednesday, 3 March she was spotted on CCTV walking alone on the A205 Poynders Road, from the junction with Cavendish Road, in the direction of Tulse Hill,” police wrote.
“The investigation continues to be treated as a missing person’s inquiry but due to its complex nature and concerns for Sarah’s welfare, it is being led by the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.”