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Six clues after marketing manager, 33, mysteriously vanishes on walk home

The desperate hunt for Sarah Everard continues five days after she disappeared following a visit to a friend’s house.

The marketing manager, 33, had set off home on foot after visiting a friend in Clapham, south London on March 3.

The walk back to Brixton should have taken her around 50 minutes, but she has since vanished.

Police have opened a missing persons probe and have spent days trying to piece Sarah’s last known movements together, with murder squad detectives now also attached to the case.

Detectives have said they are “open minded as to all possibilities in the investigation.”

Six clues have emerged surrounding her disappearance in the past five days, which you can take a look at below.

Walking home alone
Sarah left her friend’s house on Leathwaite Road in Clapham through a back gate at around 9pm on March 3.

This took her onto the A205 South Circular.

Sarah was wearing a green waterproof jacket, navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern and is described as 5’4, with blonde hair and of slim build.

Her final movements
Sarah then began her journey back to her home in Brixton, also located in south London. This should have taken her around 50 minutes on foot.

Police believe she walked across Clapham Common, a 220-acre urban park which also contains three ponds.

Uncle Nick Everard has described Sarah, originally from York, as “very sensible” and “very streetwise”.

Phone call
Sarah spoke to her boyfriend on the phone for around 15 minutes, just before 9:30pm.

Friend Rose Woollard said her phone signal was last picked up last near Clarence Avenue, between her home and where she had left from.

It is thought that the call with her partner is the last contact she made.

Last sighting
Police have confirmed that Sarah was last spotted on CCTV walking alone on the A205 Poynders Road, from the junction with Cavendish Road, in the direction of Tulse Hill.

This was at around 9:30pm.

The image shows Sarah on the phone, although it is not clear who she is talking to.

Major crime squad
Sarah was reported missing on March 4, the day after she was last seen.

The Metropolitan Police opened a missing persons inquiry, saying they were “increasingly concerned” as searches of ponds and bins on Clapham Common were searched.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command – which deal with homicides and major crime – have since joined the investigation, “due to its complex nature and concerns for Sarah’s welfare”, the force said.

Phone turned off

Sarah’s family say she they cannot contact her via phone, which is “out of character”.

Uncle Nick Everard told The Sun : “She is a lovely person. She would never just take time out without contacting her family. It would be completely out of character.

“Her mobile phone is not ringing and she’s not received any WhatsApp messages we’ve been sending her.”

DCI Katherine Goodwin, of the Met, said : “I would like to stress that there is no information at this stage to suggest anything untoward may have happened to Sarah.

“The focus remains on returning her home to her family safe and well and that is our number one priority.

“I would like to thank Sarah’s family and friends, the local community and members of the public for their help to raise awareness of this appeal and for coming forward with information.

“I would urge anybody who has information or noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact us if you haven’t already. “