Sarah Wellgreen detectives re-arrest man on suspicion of murder

Taxi driver ex-boyfriend of missing mother-of-five Sarah Wellgreen is CHARGED with her murder two months after she vanished

  • Mother of five Sarah Wellgreen went missing from her home in Kent in October
  • Her ex-partner, Ben Lacomba, was previously questioned over her disapperance
  • He was re-arrested on suspicion of murder today and is being held by police


Richard Spillett, Crime Correspondent For Mailonline

03:47 EST, 20 December 2018

17:42 EST, 20 December 2018

Ben Lacomba, 38, from New Ash Green, in Kent, has been charged with the murder of missing mother-of-five Sarah Wellgreen.

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Sarah Wellgreen have re-arrested her ex-partner and taken away a car from outside the home they shared.

The 38-year-old was initially detained on suspicion of murder and questioned as part of the missing persons inquiry after mother of five Ms Wellgreen, 47, vanished on October 9.

He was re-arrested today their home in New Ash Green, Kent is again searched by police officers.

Tonight Kent Police confirmed that he has been charged with the murder of the 46-year-old. 

Sniffer dogs were brought to the end-of-terrace home today as part of the murder investigation and a red taxi was loaded onto the back of a transport lorry.

Sarah Wellgreen went missing from her home in west Kent on October 9. Police have today re-arrested her ex-partner Ben Lacomba (pictured, right)

Police have been searching local woodland and rivers for clues in the investigation

Police removed a red taxi from outside the home which the pair shared until she went missing

Murder squad detectives are again searching the couple’s home in rural west Kent today

The red car was loaded onto the back of a recovery vehicle and taken away this afternoon

A Kent Police spokesman said earlier today: ‘Detectives investigating the disappearance of Sarah Wellgreen have re-arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

‘Following information received by the investigation team, a further search of a property in New Ash Green is being carried out on December 20.

‘The man, in his 30s, was previously arrested on 16 October in connection with the investigation. Enquiries continue.’

Sarah has not been in contact with any of her friends or family since the day she went missing and significantly, missed the 13th birthday of one of her sons.

She also failed to contact her family on her 47th birthday earlier this month. Her son, Lewis Burdett, 22, wrote an emotional post online on the day.

He wrote: ‘I just wanted to to say happy birthday to the most amazing woman I have ever known, my mum Sarah Wellgreen.

‘We all miss you so much, all of our family will still be celebrating your special day and we always will.

‘We all love you so much mum and wish you were here to spend this day with us.’

Police were seen coming and going from the family home in New Ash Green this morning

Police sniffer dogs were also brought in as police experts searched the property this morning

Neil James, who beautician Ms Wellgreen had been dating in the weeks before her disappearance, also posted a message addressed to her online on the same day.  

The father-of-two, of Farnham, Surrey, said: ‘Happy Birthday to our beautiful, loving mother of five wonderful children, a distraught mum’s missing daughter and totally adorable to all that know our Sarah Jane Wellgreen – we all love and miss you and wish we could share your birthday today with you in person.

‘Please anyone, if you could just help in anyway you can, please anything you can do! How can you….?’

Specially-trained officers have hacked through miles of woodland near her home in New Ash Green, Kent, and trawled through rivers to find her black iPhone 4 – which could hold vital information – but to no avail.

Hundreds of locals have joined police in searching for Sarah, and set up a Facebook page which has amassed more than 8,000 likes.

Sarah’s son Lewis Burdett posted an emotional message to his mother on her 47th birthday

Ms Wellgreen, pictured with her boyfriend Neil James, who has appealed for information

The search for Sarah: Timeline 

October 9: Sarah Wellgreen was last seen in New Ash Green in Kent. She has not been seen since and has had no contact with her family.

October 11: Her disappearance is reported to Kent Police.

October 12: Her son Lewis makes an emotional appeal for information on Facebook urging people to come forward with information.

October 16: Ben Lacomba is arrested as part of the missing persons inquiry and later released on bail.

October 24: Police confirm her disappearance is suspicious and a potential murder investigation and appeal for help in trying to find her missing phone. 

October 27: Marine search units join in the search and search River Darent in Dartford town centre.

October 29: Sarah’s partner Neil James takes to social media to issue an appeal for help.

October 30: Police search land opposite Bluewater Shopping Centre in Dartford.

November 1: Marine unit officers search the bank of the River Thames in Greenhithe in a bid to fund her phone. 

November 2: Officers force their way through front door of house in Bazes Shaw. Officers say they raided the home after receiving new information.

November 16: Sarah’s son, Lewis, issues a statement in which he described his mother’s disappearance as a ‘never ending nightmare’.

December 4: Specialist police officers and firefighters search a ditch in Kent to try and find her.

December 14: Sarah’s 47th birthday. Her son Lewis describes the ‘never ending nightmare’ of her disappearance.

December 20: Ben Lacomba is re-arrested by police this time on suspicion of murder. He is charged later that day.


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