The Metropolitan Police officer arrested in connection with Sarah Everard’s disappearance has been arrested on suspicion of murder, Scotland Yard said.
Boris Johnson’s thoughts are with missing wife Sarah Everard and her friends and family, Downing Street said.
Speaking at a briefing in Westminster, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “As the investigation into this case is still ongoing, I cannot comment on it.
“But the Prime Minister’s thoughts are with Sarah and her friends and family.”
City police said the officer was initially arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of kidnapping and further arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder.
He was also arrested on a separate charge of indecent exposure.
The force said he was a member of the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command and that his main role was uniformed patrol in diplomatic premises.
Officials are continuing to look for locations in London and Kent, including a property in Deal and a wooded area near Ashford.
After the police officer was arrested, the City Police made a referral to the Independent Police Conduct Bureau.
Speaking to journalists outside Scotland Yard on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said: “Our investigations suggest that this officer was not on duty at the time of Sarah’s disappearance.”
The officer was arrested Tuesday evening in Kent along with a woman suspected of helping a perpetrator.
Mr. Ephgrave would not say whether the officer was Ms. Everard known or what he was arrested for.
Police vans were seen outside a golf course in Kent as the search for missing wife Sarah Everard continued.
At least five police cars and several officers were outside the Great Chart Golf and Recreation Complex on Bear’s Lane, west of Ashford.
There was a barrier in front of the complex that appeared to be closed, preventing the press and the public from entering.
Police had also blocked access to nearby Fridd Lane, which is west of the golf course.
Retired farmer Derek Batt, 77, of Fridd Farm, north of the village of Bethersden, said officials visited his property late Tuesday.
He told the PA news agency: “You went to visit last night and looked around.
“They said they were investigating a missing person. I said is it Sarah I saw on TV?” and she (the officer) said ‘yes’. “
His farm is nearly three miles southwest of the Great Chart Golf and Recreation Complex, which is where the police can be seen.
Mr Batt said he did not see any suspicious activity in the area.
The police have closed Fridd Lane, which is west of the golf course and borders a wooded area.
A 69-year-old woman who lives near Fridd Lane said the police arrived around midnight.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said, “Police cars turned around in our garden and then a helicopter came by around 3:00 am or 4:00 am.
“We just thought they were looking for someone. They didn’t speak to us.”