DNA tests have confirmed that the body parts found on Monday were that of a woman identified as Eva Magnusson in local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda on Tuesday. The evidence suggests that she was murdered and dismembered.
“The body was exposed to damage, so it cannot be excluded,” Örebro county police information director Torbjörn Carlsson told news agency TT on Tuesday afternoon.
A detention hearing took place for the suspect on Tuesday afternoon at Örebro district court. A number of media outlets were at the Örebro district court to report on the negotiations.
Örebro district court also held a hearing on Tuesday afternoon for the Örebro serial rape suspect currently in detention for 14 assaults against women from August 2005 to October 2010.
“There is probable cause for murder,” said prosecutor Helena Eckeroth Flodin.
The suspect entered the courtroom dressed in green clothing and wearing sneakers. His face was visible and he appeared resolute, never looking at the attendees. The court decided to conduct the hearing behind closed doors
“There are several TV crews here from both local and national media,” news agency TT reported on Tuesday afternoon.
Earlier on Tuesday, police investigator Ralf Hedin said that the Örebro police received help in their investigation from other police departments as well as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
“We’ve also had a lot of help from the public. The investigation continues,” said Hedin.
Magnusson was last seen on December 28th in Örebro. The following day, she was reported missing by a friend.
On New Year’s Day, the suspect was taken in for questioning and remanded in custody three days later on suspicions of abducting Magnusson. He has denied committing any crime.
Magnusson and the suspect were colleagues at Örebro University and also had a prior unspecified relationship outside the workplace.
The body parts were found following a tip from a member of the public.
“We found a body part that belonged to a woman. It was a member of the public who called and said he had been out for a walk and thought we should look there,” said Carlson.
“We went up with dog teams and the dogs made an indication on the first occasion. Then we went home and made a new attempt and the dogs signaled at the same place,” he added.
Carlson refused to divulge any information about the scene where the body parts were found.
“I can’t release any details because there are things that only we can know when we interrogate the perpetrator,” he said.