Earlier Friday, the police confirmed that the body found Wednesday is of Everard. She disappeared on March 3 while on foot in her hometown of London. Earlier this week, 48-year-old Couzens was arrested. His wife was also arrested on suspicion of complicity. She was released on bail.
The police already communicated on Wednesday that the officer had been arrested on suspicion of murder. As an agent, Couzens is responsible for the security of Downing Street, where the Prime Minister resides, the British Parliament and embassies, among others. According to the police, the man was not working when the woman disappeared. The British newspaper The Sun writes that the man had completed a six-hour shift at the US embassy about 90 minutes before Everard was last seen three miles away.
The officer was taken to hospital on Thursday with a head injury he sustained while in jail. After being treated, he was returned to the police station.
Three days before Everard disappeared, the London police would have been charged against Couzens for exhibitionism. He is said to have shown his genitals to a woman in front of a fast food restaurant. Despite the complaint, the man continued to work. The police are now investigating the complaint and checking whether his colleagues have acted correctly. The incident is said to have been filmed by surveillance cameras and was also reported by meal deliverers.
Police would also investigate camera images taken by a bus camera that drove along Everard’s route on the night the woman disappeared. A car linked to the suspect has also been spotted by a dashcam. Police say it is unlikely that Everard and Couzens knew each other before the woman was murdered.
Wake in park
Many women share stories on social media in which they say, among other things, that they are afraid to go out alone at night and what they do to feel safe.
Thousands of women announced that they would hold a vigil in the park Everard walked through just before her disappearance on Saturday. During this meeting they want to keep a minute of silence for Everard and other women who have been killed by violence. According to the organization, the meeting was initially allowed by the police, but they later stated that the vigil violates the corona rules and could lead to heavy fines.