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Abductee 'had a crush' on female suspect

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The 25-year-old man who was abducted and held in an abandoned school in northern Sweden was in love with the 23-year-old woman suspected of kidnapping him, according to the suspect's father.

The 25-year-old student from Uppsala, who comes from a wealthy family, went missing on December 28th and was found eight days in a remote building in northern Sweden. 

Three people, a 26-year-old and 25-year-old man, as well as a 23-year-old woman, are being held on suspicion of carrying out the abduction.

But the father of one of the alleged kidnappers claims that the 25-year-old victim was in love with his daughter, based on a conversation he had with the victim's father.

“He called me and told me his son was in love with my daughter,” the 23-year-old woman's father told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The woman's father claims he received a call from the 25-year-old's father two days after the Uppsala student went missing, something confirmed by the lawyer representing the 25-year-old.

However, lawyer Ylva Orrenius said her client's father made the call to get the number of the 23-year-old woman.

Orrenius also cast doubt on claims her client and the 23-year-old may have been a couple.

“He has a fiancée with whom he's very much in love and they're going to get married this summer,” she told the newspaper.

The 23-year-old woman and the 25-year-old kidnapping victim come from the same city, are both members of the same church and study psychology together at Uppsala. The woman had also posted pictures of the 25-year-old on her Facebook page, along with comments praising his good looks.

The woman's father understood his daughter was close friends with the wealthy 25-year-old, who she sometimes referred to as her “roommate”.

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“Having a millionaire son-in-law wouldn't be all bad,” the woman's father told Aftonbladet.

Later in the week, police are expected to conduct further interviews with the 25-year-old, along with the three suspects.

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