Human remains which were in the River Wandle in Mitcham have been confirmed as being of a Croydon woman who was murdered.

Yesterday (May 21), human remains were discovered in the water in Mitcham by members of the public.

Police were called to the scene on Rawnsley Avenue, which sits alongside the River Wandle in Ravensbury Park, at around 2.18pm.

It has now been confirmed by police that these were of 38-year-old Sarah Mayhew, whose remains were previously discovered in Rowdown Fields, New Addington on April 2.

Arms, legs and a head were then found nearby and identified as belonging to Ms Mayhew by her DNA.

Police were at the time, continuing to search for the victim’s torso.

Gemma Watts, 48, and Steven Sansom, 44, were arrested on April 6 and subsequently charged with her murder and preventing her lawful and decent burial.

The Old Bailey heard that both she and Sansom are alleged to have killed Ms Mayhew at a residential property on the night of March 8.

Judge Katz set a plea hearing for June 27 and a provisional four-week trial from February 17 next year.

Detective Inspector Martin Thorpe, who is leading the investigation, said: “My thoughts remain with Sarah’s family. We will continue to provide our support as our investigation progresses.

“I expect my officers to remain in the area for some time as they carry out important work at the scene.

“Two people arrested, who were known to Sarah, were later charged with her murder. At present we are not looking for anyone else in connection with her death. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation who has yet to speak with police is asked to call 101, quoting reference 1656/02Apr.