Sarah Everard murder latest – Funeral can go ahead as body released to parents after 2 autopsies to find cause of death

SARAH Everard’s body has been released to her heartbroken family for a funeral, her inquest heard today.

A coroner opened proceedings in Maidstone, Kent, this morning as police continue their investigations into what happened to the 33-year-old.

It comes after a second post-mortem examination was carried out on Sarah Everard’s body when the first proved inconclusive, police said.

The inquest, held at the County Hall, was opened and adjourned this morning.

Sarah’s mum, dad, brother and sister attended the hearing remotely.

DI Lee Tullet, who is investigating the case, said: “Police were first informed on Thursday March 4 when Sarah’s boyfriend reported her missing with grave concerns.”

The hearing was told a second post-mortem was provided on request of the coroner rather than cops.

It was then revealed that her body has been released to her family for a funeral.

Ms Everard went missing on March 3 while walking home after visiting a friend in south London

It comes as police investigating Sarah murder cordoned off two sites in Kent as they widen the search.

Officers yesterday taped up an abandoned builder’s yard in Sandwich, about 30 miles from where 33-year-old Sarah’s body was found.

Cops were pictured outside the gates to the builder’s yard, which contains a concrete mixing machine, a large skip and a lorry box. 

Land beside a former St John’s Ambulance base in Dover has also been cordoned off by police.

Officers were spotted arriving in a van yesterday afternoon carrying tools, including what looked like shovels, reports KentOnline.

And police divers are searching a section of Delf Stream in Sandwich, Kent for a third day, hunting for Sarah Everard’s phone, Metro reported.

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