Sarah Everard inquest opens with parents, brother and sister in attendance

The investigation into Sarah Everard’s death opened in Maidstone, Kent.

The 33-year-old’s parents, brother and sister were in court on Thursday to hear the trial, led by senior coroner Patricia Harding.

The investigation was opened and adjourned until the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

Ms. Harding expressed condolences to family members who viewed the trial.

Ms. Everard went missing on March 3 when she went home after visiting a friend in south London.

Her body was found a week later in a wooded area near Ashford, Kent. Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old policeman from Deal, also in Kent, has been charged with her murder.

In other parts of the county, a large police presence has been detected in the city of Sandwich in recent days as officers continue to search for clues.

Miss Everard, 33, went missing on March 3 when she went home after visiting a friend in south London.

Her body was found a week later in a wooded area near Ashford, Kent. Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old policeman from Deal, also in Kent, has been charged with her murder.

The news of the second autopsy came as the case-related searches continued and officials combed wooded areas in the county.

Much of the historic town of Sandwich was cordoned off while specialist divers from Devon and Cornwall were called in to search a small piece of water.

Officials were seen searching a shopping trolley shelter outside a cooperative supermarket and looking under vehicles on Monday.

According to Scotland Yard, police routinely searched areas in London and Kent as part of the investigation.

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