After spending much of Friday exploring a wooded area near a gravel pit, police decided to stop their search of the area for the woman, referred to as Eva in Swedish media reports, at around 2.30pm.
“We haven’t found anything and it’s a mystery that we don’t have an answer for. Three dogs made strong indications that they had found something at the same spot independently of each other. One dog can be wrong, but that three could be wrong is a mystery,” Örebro police spokesperson Torbjörn Carlson told the TT news agency.
In the last day, police have searched for the 51-year-old woman, who has been missing since December 29th, in an area near Klockhammar north of the city. In addition to police dogs, police also used a helicopter to help them scan the area.
Police have decided not to dig any further at the location, nor do they have any further plans to search for the missing academic in the surrounding areas.
According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, a police dog came across something on Thursday night, prompting police to block off the surrounding area. Carlson told the newspaper that about 20 officers were on the scene.
A 50-year-old colleague of the woman was remanded in custody earlier this week on suspicion of having played a role in the 51-year-old’s disappearance.
The two academics, who work in different departments at Örebro University, reportedly had a relationship previously.
The man claims he had nothing to do with the woman’s disappearance and has appealed the remand order to the Göta Court of Appeal, which nevertheless ruled on Friday afternoon to uphold his detention.
“I regret the decision, but it’s no catastrophe because the detention will be heard again next week,” the man’s attorney, Carl H Robson, told TT.
Robson believes the evidence against his client is too weak to justify keeping the man in custody.