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Swedish woman missing in Sri Lanka

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 21 Mar 2011, 15:21

Published: 21 Mar 2011 08:21 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Mar 2011 15:21 GMT+01:00

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Marie Jonsson Sillén from Vargarda in Vastergotland in central Sweden went missing in early March while on a holiday to Sri Lanka. She was due to return to Sweden last Monday.

Interpol issued a missing persons on March 16th and the Swedish police, foreign ministry and Sweden's embassy in New Delhi are all involved in the search for the missing Swede.

A woman claiming to be the 28-year-old has reported to have been in contact with the local authorities by telephone.

"It is not yet confirmed that it is her," Pia Roed at the Foreign Ministry told news agency TT.

Jonsson Sillén's disappearance is described as 'mysterious' and the last confirmed correspondence from her was a Facebook message posted on March 5th, and an email sent to her best friend a couple of days later, according to the Expressen daily.

In the Facebook post the 28-year-old described how she had been robbed and beaten and there are fears that she has been kidnapped.

A woman who had met Jonsson Sillén on the plane to Sri Lanka and spent the first few days of their holiday together with her, has confirmed that she met her again in the Mirissa Beach area of Sri Lanka and was told of her ordeal.

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Jonsson Sillén was reported to be in the company of a western man and a Sri Lankan woman and the woman took this to mean that she was being given help.

"It was first when the woman came home that she realised that Marie had disappeared," Jonsson Sillén's friend Nathalie told the newspaper.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:35 March 21, 2011 by muscle
I hope they recover her and she is safe.
11:39 March 21, 2011 by Rishonim
I feel sorry for this girl but I am also curious to why on earth would anyone go to Sri Lanka on vacation?
11:54 March 21, 2011 by matona1
may she be found on time we are not many in sweden to be loosing people everyday
12:05 March 21, 2011 by muscle
@Rishonim: Sri Lanks is a beautiful place. From my work place, here in Sweden, a number of Sweds go to Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh Indonesia for vacations!
12:09 March 21, 2011 by zircon
Enchanted by the cobra?
12:42 March 21, 2011 by Ranjit T Edward
I reported this story to The Local on Friday.

Marie is alive but not very well. She will be back home soon.
04:45 March 22, 2011 by sam32
she is alive and reported to local police with her sri lankan friend

they were having a fun.........

editor pls correct the news..
05:40 March 22, 2011 by knowalick
It could be that she went for a romp with her Sri Lankan "companion" and wanted it to be hidden from the public. Don't be too quick to judge the "kidnapped" story. Wouldn't be the first time a Swedish girl had jungle fever.
08:59 March 22, 2011 by Da Goat
she can come and romp in my jungle if she likes.
11:16 March 22, 2011 by Rizwan Rahim
see @Ranjit T Edward is in action again...well done if so.... @Da Goat r u a swede ? if so 1st class or 2nd class ? place ur self in her shoes.

@Rishonim have u seen or tasted oe felt natural waterfalls,elephants,the world best spices and tea's,gems tat's live,25-35 avr temp year long,sandy beaches in Sweden ?....if not pls follow @muscle
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