Sarah Everard has been described as “bright”, “sensible” and a “lovely girl” by friends and family who are now trying to come to terms with the fact human remains have been found in the search for her.
The 33-year-old marketing executive living in south London was one of three siblings, grew up in York and attended Fulford School.
Headteacher Steve Lewis described her as a “popular and well-liked member of our community”, telling the York Press: “Those who taught Sarah speak of a lovely, bright, intelligent girl who shone within the school.”
Her father Jeremy, a professor of electronics at the University of York, and charity worker mother Sue are believed to have travelled to London from their home in York after Ms Everard disappeared.
Ms Everard studied geography at Durham University before moving to the capital – where her brother James and sister Katie also live – around 12 years ago, taking a break from work to travel around South America in 2013.
Living in Brixton, south London, she had recently started a new job as a marketing executive and described herself on her LinkedIn profile as “a positive presence”.
Ms Everard had a boyfriend, named as marketing director Josh Lowth, 33.
One of his relatives told MailOnline: “Josh and Sarah have been very happy together and she’s a lovely girl.”
Teacher Rose Woollard, who has been friends with Ms Everard since they met at university, described her as “beautiful, thoughtful and incredibly kind”.
She told the BBC: “Sarah and I met many years ago whilst studying together at Durham University.
“She has always been an exceptional friend, dropping everything to be there to support her friends whenever they need her.
“It was only recently that she was telling me the good news about her new role as a senior marketing account manager, which she was excited to start.”
Her family said she was “always in regular contact with us and with her friends”, as they made a desperate plea for information after she vanished.
Her aunt Jane Everard told the Daily Telegraph: “She is that type of person, incredibly grounded and sensible.”
Sarah Everard went missing after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, around 9pm on March 3.
The Met Police raised the alarm a few days later, with family calling her disappearance “totally out of character.”