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Missing Swedish pastor found dead

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07:38 CET+01:00
A 78-year-old retired female pastor who has been missing since mid-December was found dead in her car on an isolated country road in western Sweden on Thursday night.

Kerstin Segerberg's snow-covered car was discovered by snowmobilers earlier in the afternoon near the Glaskogen nature reserve in Årjäng municipality in western Värmland County where she lived, county police told the TT news agency.

"She was found sitting in the car. And there's no longer anything to indicate a crime was committed. It probably wasn't an accident. Rather, it may be that she became stuck in the snow. But I'm not going to speculate," Värmland police duty officer Sören Lövengärd told TT.

The snowmobilers found the vehicle nearly covered in snow on a small unplowed road near the shores of Mjögtvängen lake. When they brushed snow off the windscreen, they saw an arm resting on a knee and notified police, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported.

The nearest plowed road was six kilometres away, forcing police to use a tracked vehicle to reach the scene. Segerberg's car will remain where it was found until Friday to allow police time to tow out the snow-covered Citreon C3.

The former pastor from Svensbyn in Årjäng municipality was still active in the parish. She disappeared on December 14th while she was out delivering Christmas gifts from the parish to different locations in the municipality.

Segerberg was reported missing on December 20th and in early January, police launched a preliminary murder investigation.

Her final deliveries were scheduled to take place near Stora Björ lake, near the Glaskogen nature reserve where he vehicle was found.

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