“Given the context of the officer’s duties at the time, a voluntary referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct [IOPC] in relation to this matter,” police say.
“The PC had been deployed as a cordon officer supporting the search operation in Kent in relation to the murder of Sarah Everard. The officer has been removed from these duties and placed in a non-public facing role while enquiries continue.”
Police say Everard’s family has been made aware of the incident.
“The MPS expects its officers to behave professionally at all times and this includes how they use social media,” says Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrace.
“I take allegations that any officer or officers have failed to observe these standards very seriously and have referred this matter to the IOPC.”
Everard, 33, went missing on March 3 while walking home from a friend’s house in south London and her remains were found on Wednesday in woodland in Kent about 80 kilometres away.
Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with her kidnap and murder.
He joined the Metropolitan Police in 2018 and guarded foreign embassies before his arrest.