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Police suspect murder in Trollhättan case

Published tisdag 23 juli 2013 kl 18.01
After the woman disappeared, police searched for her with the help of divers and a helicopter. Photo: ADAM IHSE / SCANPIX

A Trollhättan woman who disappeared a little over three weeks ago has still not been found, and police now suspect murder.

In the woman's apartment on June 30, police found large amounts of her blood, but they did not find her body, and therefore they classified the crime as a kidnapping. However, on Tuesday, they changed the crime classification to murder.

"In practice, this has been a murder investigation all along," Thord Haraldsson of the county police tells news agency TT. He adds, "Now, we've got a statement from the technician, who consulted with a medico-legal expert. That, in combination with the time that's past, has made us officially change this to a murder investigation."

Haraldsson harbors no hope that the woman, 23, will be found alive. Earlier in the investigation, police detained a man who the woman had eaten dinner with before she disappared, but he was released for lack of evidence. However, prosecutor Per-Erik Rinsell, says the man is still suspected, and two of his acquaintances have been arrested on suspicion of helping him.

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