Sarah Everard family hears cause of death not yet established

Inquest in Maidstone adjourned until after trial of Wayne Couzens, implicated of abduct and murder

The household of Sarah Everard have heard that an initial postmortem assessment has not developed how she passed away, and further queries into the cause of her death are ongoing.

Everard’s parents, sibling and sis existed at the opening of an inquest into her death on Thursday, and heard that the body of the 33-year-old was discovered in woods just outside Ashford in Kent.

The inquest in Maidstone, Kent, was opened and adjourned after a short hearing, and a choice regarding whether it will be resumed will be taken after the trial of serving policeman Wayne Couzens. Couzens, 48, from Deal, likewise in Kent, will stand trial for her abduct and murder at the end of October.

Senior coroner Patricia Harding told Everard’s moms and dads and her sibling and sister listening to the proceedings “how really sorry, I am for your loss”.

The inquest heard that an initial postmortem following the discovery of Everard’s body did not provide “a medical cause of death” and pathologists would make conclusions after more evaluations. Pathologists verified there was “no natural disease that would have triggered her death”, the inquest heard.

Providing proof at the inquest opening, acting DI Lee Tullett offered a brief overview of Everard’s disappearance, keeping in mind that she had left a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, at 9pm on 3 March. She had begun walking home and called her boyfriend, Josh Lowth, for 15 minutes, ending the call at 9.27 pm.

Tullet informed the inquest that she had actually not been heard from since that moment. “There was no social media existence, and she failed to attend a conference at work the following day,” he informed the coroner, “This was all very much out of character, Josh grew concerned and as a result called and informed the police, reporting her missing.”

A missing person’s inquiry began on Thursday evening and continued “through Friday and onwards”, said Tullet. The examination of CCTV footage and local queries enabled the cops “to some degree” plot her path home, he added.

Asked where Everard’s body had actually been discovered, Tullet stated her body was discovered in Hoad’s Wood, simply outside Ashford in Kent. “We found Sarah there on the 10th March at about 4.20 pm,” he stated.

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