Murder probe over missing Swedish pastor

Police in Värmland in western Sweden have launched a preliminary murder investigation regarding the case of a 78-year-old retired female pastor who disappeared on December 14th.

The woman, identified as Kerstin Segerberg in media reports, was supposed to hand out Christmas gifts on December 14th in the Årjäng area near the Norwegian border, but never arrived. She was reported missing six days later.

All attempts to locate Segerberg and her car, a silver-grey Citroën C3, have been in vain.

Early on in the investigation, police suspected that Segerberg may have been involved in a car accident or ran off a forest road before her car was snowed under, according to a report in the Expressen newspaper last week.

Failing to find any leads, the police are now working on the suspicion that a crime may have led to her disappearance.

Search efforts for Segerberg have been extensive. Local residents, tracking vehicles, and helicopters have searched for Segerberg over the last two weeks with no success.

Segerberg remained active in the church after her retirement. She was serving as an on-call minister at the time of the disappearance.

According to police information, Segerberg, who was single, was always careful about informing others if she was not sure if she could arrive on time or was running late.

In addition, Segerberg did not have a mobile phone, according to Expressen.

On the 14th, she had an appointment with a couple at the Glaskogen nature reserve, but never arrived and was not heard from later.

The last record of any activity by Segerberg was that she was at a gas station in Sillerud 15 kilometres southwest of Årjäng at 2.36pm on the 14th. Later that evening, she was to have served as the pastor on duty.

Police hope that the public will come forward with more tips, especially hunters who are expected to head out into the woods on January 15th, when the wolf hunt begins.

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Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses

Police are investigating one case of murder and two attempted murders at a care home in the west of Sweden, after a doctor raised the alarm about suspicious insulin overdoses.

Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses
At least of the women did not normally receive insulin injections. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
“There is one man who died in connection to the events,” Stina Lundqvist, the prosecutor in the case, told the local Göteborgs Tidning newspaper.
“All of these three people who received a medication which they were not supposed to have, according to what they were prescribed,” she added in an interview with Swedish state radio broadcaster SR
“We are investigating the events as attempted murder,” she told Sweden's TT newswire, which reported that it could be a case of active euthanasia, which is illegal in Sweden, although the prosecutor did not comment.
The doctor reported his suspicions to the police after two women from the same section of the care home were admitted to the hospital, both suffering from extremely low blood sugar. 
“Through giving the plaintiff insulin, someone has caused her to lose consciousness and stop breathing,” a senior doctor at the hospital wrote in a police report.
The doctor added that the woman would not have been capable of administering the insulin herself. 
In January this year, a third resident from the same section of the same care home, was also admitted to the hospital suffering from low blood sugar. It was then that police put a prosecutor on the case. 
“It's unlikely to be a coincidence because it is all from the same section and is the same type of event,” Lundqvist told TT.
“But it's a slightly special case. We can't say with confidence that this is an attempted murder. That's something we hope the investigation will shed some light on.” 
“There are certain elements which suggest a crime has been committed, although exactly what evidence this is, I cannot go into at present.” 
At least one of the women did not normally take insulin, and another was admitted with a type of insulin in her body different from that which she was prescribed. 
According to a report in a local newspaper, a police search of the home found two empty insulin pens containing fast-acting insulin which were not registered in the home's records. 
Lundqvist said it was a “complicated investigation”, as many of the staff who worked at the home at the time had already moved on. 
“We have no one at present we could reasonably call a suspect, but of course there are people we are looking closely at,” she said. “It's of course a natural part of our investigation to look at who has been working at the home when all the events took place.” 
The prosecutor in the case, Stina Lundqvist, says there is not yet a suspect. Photo: Adam Ihse/Exponera