— Aftonbladet (@Aftonbladet) May 15, 2017
Update May 16, 12:00: The girl’s body has been found.
Swedish police are secretive about the circumstance of Tova, a nineteen-year-old girl who went missing near the town of Hudiksvall on Saturday evening. Helicopters are being deployed to aid the search, which as of yet has not yielded results. At five o’clock on Monday morning, police were trying to identify Tova’s last movements, trying to locate her by ‘pinging’ her phone. According to police duty officer Matilda Isaksson, ”
At five o’clock this morning, police were trying to identify Tova’s last movements, and tried to locate her by ‘pinging’ her phone. According to police duty officer Matilda Isaksson,
“we have tried to locate her by using her mobile phone, but it has not lead us to her yet. We have a result we can work with, but it is a large area.“
Police have said that they took the decision to go public with Tova’s disappearance after consultation with her relatives. According to Lisa Sannervik, spokesman for the police:
“Tova is an adult, who has the right to go where she wants, but the circumstances surrounding her disappearance led us, along with family members, to decide to go out and ask the public for help in finding her.“
Earlier on Monday, police announced that three men in their twenties have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping the missing nineteen-year-old and are held for questioning. Police spokesperson Mikael Hedström:
“during the early hours of Monday, acting on information revealed by the preliminary investigation, the police contacted the on-call prosecutor and informed him of the circumstances. This emergency prosecutor decided that the men were to be picked up for questioning.“
Meanwhile, the police will continue their search for the missing girl. “A helicopter will be used in the search. The case is very delicate and no further information will be disclosed.” according to Mikael Hedström.
The police are unwilling to comment on how it got its lead on the suspects and have thus far not released any additional information about them.