At a press conference following the confession of 42 year old Anders Eklund, the police said that they made a mistake in not following up on a tip-off from the public last November about the possible involvement of the suspect in the murder of a 31 year old woman in the town of Falun eight years ago.
If they’d acted then it could have prevented the killing of ten year old Engla Höglund who went missing after cycling home from football practice a week ago last saturday.
A picture taken of a red car by a man testing his mobile phone camera just a minute after taking a picture of Engla Höglund on her bike, led police to interview Anders Eklund.
Last Sunday he confessed to killing the girl and dumping her body.
Police have since also admitted that they actually gave the man an opportunity to remove any evidence from his car shortly before his arrest after a road traffic officer rang him to tell him that his car had been photographed in the area where the girl had gone missing at around the same time she was cycling home.
The failure to follow-up on the first lead is now being investigated by prosecutors at the National Police Related Crimes Unit in Gothenburg for possible breach of duty .