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Jenny, 30, feared kidnapped in Malmö

TT/Rebecca Martin · 10 Aug 2011, 11:19

Published: 10 Aug 2011 11:19 GMT+02:00

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“We simply have no idea where she is, “ said Björn Olsson of the local police, who are classifying the disappearance as a possible abduction, to newspaper Sydsvenskan.

According to her boyfriend, Jenny Persson, 30, left the flat that they share in central Malmö around 9am on August 1st. This is the last that is known of her whereabouts. When leaving, she told her boyfriend that she was going “to work”.

But apart from the boyfriend, no one else has seen Jenny since May, according to the local police. The only contact they have had with her is through text messages.

“There are definitely some peculiarities surrounding this case,” said Lars-Håkan Lindholm of the Skåne police information department to The Local.

According to Lindholm, Jenny had told all her friends and family, including the boyfriend, that she was working at the local hospital.

Her boyfriend said that she got up every morning and went to work. But police have found that this was not the case. Jenny hadn't worked at the hospital since August last year.

When she hadn’t returned by August 2nd, she was reported missing by her boyfriend. Since then the police have been looking for clues as to what could have befallen her, but so far they haven’t come up with anything.

Police searched the couple’s flat to see if there were any signs that Jenny could have been forced away against her will but found no signs of coercion. Neither have they been able to find any indication that Jenny was planning to leave.

As Jenny didn’t bring her purse with her credit cards, her passport or her mobile phone, the police have no way of tracing her electronically.

So far they have spoke to her friends and family. The boyfriend has also been questioned a couple of times, but neither he, nor anyone else, is at present a suspect in the case.

“There are so far no indications that he has subjected her to a crime. This is as odd to him as it is to us,” Olsson told Sydsvenskan.

According to Lindholm it is slightly peculiar that Jenny hadn't seen her family since May, but the fact that the boyfriend was last to see her doesn't make him more of a suspect.

"But we are checking up on all the information given to us," said Lindholm to The Local.

Jenny’s family are devastated by her disappearance and have started a Facebook thread where they are asking the public for help to find her.

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“We are in despair. We miss her so much and want to know what has happened,” said mother Anita Persson to daily Aftonbladet.

According to Olsson it is not unusual for Swedes reported missing to the police to turn up unscathed.

“99 percent of these turn up very quickly. Many from the very small amount that don’t have chosen not to be in contact with their family any more. Then there is the last category of missing people who are victims of a crime, They are thankfully not many, but sadly it happens,” Olsson told Aftonbladet.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:16 August 10, 2011 by eddie123
oh please! the boyfriend should be immediately treated as a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend. he should be interrogated and body checked for tell tale signs of injuries consistent with those from a fight. this case reminds me that bizarre case in Falun some years back when a chinese girl went missing for a month and her swedish boyfriend wasn't immediately processed as a suspect in her disappearance. there should be a law in this country that would allow the police to collect and, or gather information from the last known person to have seen someone who disappears or goes missing - period.
17:08 August 10, 2011 by Migga
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17:08 August 10, 2011 by jamesblish
I'm very sorry to hear this but abducted? Please. We all know she's most likely dead and buried somewhere. Usually it's the boyfriend, husband or any other person romantically involved with her. But obviously we don't know yet. But I'd be extremely surprised if she turnes up alive. It's just not gonna happen, sad but true.
19:29 August 10, 2011 by svenne104
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19:37 August 10, 2011 by jamesblish
Seems like she might've disappeared in May already. That means the perpetrator has had months to clean up his/her tracks. Not good. I sincerely hope this case gets solved but it doesn't look good.
20:41 August 10, 2011 by capheda
It's definitely suspicious that she's been missing from everyone except her boyfriend since May... if they have no other leads, they need to be looking into that, although sadly even if he did do something to her, by now he has made sure there is no trace of her and is confident enough about that to finally report her missing to the police. It's strange that they accept his version of events that she has been saying she's going to work, and when they find out she hasn't, it's just 'strange' on her part... sounds more like a weak made-up story on the boyfriend's part.
20:50 August 10, 2011 by Visew
The text messaging might have been done by the boyfriend or someone else, not herself, I think. Even if she had used her credit card, It could have not been her either. No one else seen her seen May? Weird enough!
22:33 August 10, 2011 by J Jack
Everyone here is asking the same question .. The boyfriend claims it has been a week and the police have said he's the only one who claims to have seen her since May .. so she could have been missing for months. I would think the later .. didn't they ever go out? It's summer, don't they have friends in common or neighbors? Of course they must have been seen together, unless she hasn't been there and he has lived as a recluse ever since.
22:44 August 10, 2011 by bells on the knight
only sms? very weird indeed that she didn't make ONE single phone call since May to ANYONE. The only time I didn't make a phone call for a week was during a holiday in the Maldives.
01:29 August 11, 2011 by jamesblish
dont' be naive, of course the bf is a suspect. he's the no. 1 suspect and the reason they're calling it "kidnapping" etc. is because they've got no body. the girl is dead and buried and in 90% of these cases, a husband or boyfriend is the perpetrator. cops know this, what they say to the media is another thing altogether.
02:01 August 11, 2011 by glamelixir

I had the same theory as soon as I read this. May to August seems like enough time to cover up details.

Still I am surprised to read that " her mother misses her and is debastated" considering that she didn't even care to communicate with her daughter in 3 months!

I talk to my dad everyday or at least every three days... Swedes.

BTW, is it me or the local has some totally messy sentences here. Some are not even full sentences!

Getting worse and worse.
09:22 August 11, 2011 by Luke R D
She looks kind. I hope she returns safe and well.
10:54 August 11, 2011 by J Jack
If you look at the local Swedish articles most of TL article is cut & paste with some translation errors. But I appreciate what they do anyway because I don't buy papers and the TL site is easy to read.
20:37 August 11, 2011 by Icarusty
Wow, it is obviously the boyfriend, any other country he would be arrested by now.

Sweden will probably blame it on an immigrant though
20:49 August 11, 2011 by sunnchilde
The girl is almost certainly dead. She didn't go anywhere willingly without her purse. The BF is certainly the prime suspect. The problem is that she may have been missing since May. That's a lot of time to cover your tracks. The only ways this case is going to be solved is by someone opening their mouth or someone stumbling across her remains. If he buried her she'll be no deeper than three feet down and likely not very far away. Search the area for disturbed earth within 3 square miles from her house.
17:36 August 14, 2011 by jostein
Found unharmed :)

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