A post-mortem examination into the death of Sarah Everard, who disappeared on March 3 while walking home in Clapham, south London, has given her cause of death as compression of the neck, the Metropolitan Police said.
Marketing executive Ms Everard, 33, vanished on her walk home from a friend’s flat in Clapham Common, south London on March 3.
The Met on Tuesday said a post-mortem examination into her death held at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford had given cause of death as compression of the neck.
Ms Everard’s family have been informed of the outcome of the post-mortem and are being supported by specialist officers.
Serving Met police officer Wayne Couzens, of Deal, appeared at the Old Bailey via a videolink from Belmarsh Prison in March charged with the kidnap and murder of Ms Everard.
The judge set a plea hearing date for 9 July and a provisional trial for 25 October.
Couzens, 48, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to the rape and kidnap of the marketing executive.
His barrister, Jim Sturman QC, said Couzens has not yet entered a plea to the murder charge and is still being medically assessed, but he told the Old Bailey on Tuesday morning: “Responsibility for the killing is also admitted.”