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Murder probe begins into young woman’s death

Police in Stockholm have launched a murder investigation after a 19-year-old woman was found dead under a pedestrian bridge in the south of the city in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A security guard patrolling the area found the young woman’s body near Södra Station shortly after 2.30am.

“The circumstances at the scene indicate it was murder,” said county police spokeswoman Kerstin Söderberg.

A police forensic examination at the scene did not provide any conclusive answers as to how the woman died. An autopsy will be preformed in order to determine the cause of death.

The 19-year-old woman was dropped off by a taxi at the crossing of Swedenborgsgatan and Fatbursgatan at around 10pm on Saturday.

“Before that she had been to a private party in Södermalm,” said city police spokeswoman Petra Sjölander.

Sjölander could not say if the woman had shared the taxi with anybody else.

Police are currently working to track the woman’s movements from the time she left the taxi.

So far there are no suspects and police are also considering the possibility that the woman might not have been murdered.

“It’s possible to fall down from the pedestrian bridge, which is three or four metres high,” said Sjölander.

Unless she was killed elsewhere and her body was dumped at the spot where she was found, the woman most likely died between 1.30am and 2.30am. The security guard who found the body had passed the same spot an hour earlier and was sure there had not been a body there at that time.

Police are seeking to make contact with witnesses who might have seen or heard anything potentially related to the woman’s death.

BREAKING

‘No threat’ after police action at Malmö’s Emporia shopping mall

Police confirmed at around 3pm on Friday that there was "no threat" at Malmö's Emporia shopping mall following a search of the building and the evacuation of all shoppers and retail staff, Sweden's state broadcaster SVT has reported.

'No threat' after police action at Malmö's Emporia shopping mall

“We got a message that everyone had to evacuate immediately, so everyone started to run, including me,” a witness told SVT. 

Filip Annas, a spokesperson for the Malmö police, said that the operation had been launched after a member of the public reported seeing a person with a “weapon-like object” at the entrance of the mall. 

“We have found a person who matches the description but have not found a weapon,” he said. “We are continuing to search thoughout Emporia and will hopefully complete the operation shortly.” 

By 3pm, police stated that they had searched the entire shopping mall, had not found anything suspicious and no longer deemed there to be a threat.

On August 20th a 31-year-old man was shot dead in broad daylight in the shopping centre, while a woman who happened to be standing near to him suffered a bullet wound. 

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