Fears for missing woman after car is found

A car belonging to a missing 31-year-old woman from western Sweden has been found a few kilometres from her home. Police fear she has been murdered.

The car belonging to Marina Johansson was found by a security guard in a station car park in Stora Höga, near Stenungsund, about 50 kilometres north of Gothenburg.

A freelance photographer who took photographs of the silver Hyundai Tucson said it could have been parked in the car park for one week.

Police confirmed that Johansson’s car had been found:

“It has been removed and impounded for a forensic examination,” said Pia Goksöyr, spokeswoman for Västra Götaland police. She would not give further information about the circumstances in which the car was found, but said the examination would start on Thursday.

Marina Johansson has not been seen since disappearing from her home on 27th or 28th July. She was reported missing by her family.

“We are obviously hoping for tip-offs from the public,” said police on Wednesday when they revealed that they suspected she had been murdered.

“We cannot give more detail about why we suspect this to be the case, but there are certain circumstances in the case that have led us to go public with our suspicions,” said Thomas Fuxborg, police spokesman, on Wednesday.

Despite suspecting that Johansson is dead, police say they have not ruled out the possibility that she might still be alive.

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Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime