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Mystery shrouds missing Swede

Rebecca Martin · 11 Aug 2011, 15:58

Published: 11 Aug 2011 15:58 GMT+02:00

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Jenny has now been missing for over a week and despite a slew of tip-offs, police are nowhere closer to discovering the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

“We can't confirm that a crime has been committed but we can't find a natural explanation,” said information officer Lars-Håkan Lindholm to The Local on Thursday.

The police have received several tip-offs but nothing that has led them any closer to discovering Jenny’s whereabouts. At the same time they are less inclined to comment on the case, stating that the ongoing investigation requires restraint.

On Wednesday it became clear that apart from some text messages in July, neither family nor friends had seen Jenny since May.

According to the boyfriend, Jenny left the flat they shared in central Malmö around 9am on August 1st. When leaving, she said she was going “to work”, the boyfriend told police.

“There are definitely some peculiarities surrounding this case,” said Lindholm.

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

But Jenny hadn't worked at the hospital since August last year.

“It is like being struck in the face to know that she lied to us,” said her mother Anita Persson to Kvällsposten.

The family had noticed a change in Jenny over the course of the spring.

“When we met her around her birthday she wasn’t looking good and she had withdrawn during the year,” said the mother to the paper.

The boyfriend also confirmed to the paper that Jenny hadn’t been herself lately.

“She could sit for hours and just stare out the window. I asked her what was wrong but all she’d answer was that she needed some time to herself,” he told Kvällsposten.

According to the police they have received information about the change in Jenny and are investigating where she could have been going when family thought she was at work.

"It certainly looks like she was leading some sort of double life," Lindholm told The Local.

When she hadn’t returned to the flat 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.

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However, one of Jenny’s neighbours told Kvällsposten that they had spoken only the week before her disappearance.

“I saw her the last week of July. I met her and her boyfriend outside our house and we talked about our dogs,” the neighbour said to Kvällsposten.

The police confirms that they have received information of someone seeing Jenny between May and August but won't disclose how trustworthy these are.

The police are now following up leads and trying to find out from Jenny’s mobile phone, from her computer and bank statements what she could have been doing during the days.

According to Lindholm the case is treated with the highest priority and the police have now filed an international missing persons report.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:02 August 11, 2011 by StockholmSam
Hmmm, no job in almost a year. Was she receiving unemployment benefits? If not, then how was she paying rent and other expenses. She must have been making money "somehow."
18:12 August 11, 2011 by andyron2
must be living by unemployment benefits or working somewhere else.boy friend doesnt know or figure out for almost 12 months that she is not working is another lie.Bank statements would tell the story....hopefully she will be found soon somewhere holidaying.
19:01 August 11, 2011 by Monitor Lizard
Wow, strange story. I hope they find her soon. I like her pretty blonde hair and blue eyes.
19:08 August 11, 2011 by zooeden
hope all goes well and the family finds their daughter!!!
20:49 August 11, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
1,000 to 1 that if her name was Amira Mafhoud, neither THE LOCAL, not the infamous 4 (Aftonbladet, Expressen, Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet) would have written a single line about her disappearance. But she is a Swede. Good Lord. Not to write about her is a crime.
20:56 August 11, 2011 by jostein

They wrote rather alot about Nanny?
21:39 August 11, 2011 by summo
living a dream lifestyle on a rich sugar daddies yacht, after leading a double life in a 2nd rent malmo flat?

Or just got totally hacked off with life and went walkabout !?
21:49 August 11, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Nanny? Oh, you mean Queen Nanny of the Maroons, The legendary Queen Nanny. Brilliant strategist, spiritual leader, sustainer of hope, diplomat, nurturer, The kind of leader that inspirers legends and changes the world. Good for the Jamaicans.

I did not know that the infamous 4 and TL wrote about her. This is new to me.
21:58 August 11, 2011 by jostein
Nancy Tavsan?
22:30 August 11, 2011 by update-2011
I hope she is alive.
22:47 August 11, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Who, Nancy Tavsan?

No way. She was murdered by a Somalian and he was condemned to 16 years in prison. If he had been a Swede, they would have awarded him with a trip to Florida.
23:17 August 11, 2011 by jostein
Which was not the point. The papers wrote alot about her murder. Listen, i hate swedish journalists passionately. I just do not observe the behaviour that you describe from them. So i brought up an example that challenged what you said.
05:16 August 12, 2011 by Da Goat
If that is her ....I would gladly report her as hiding under my bed, but that is only wishful thinking!

She is probably just sick of living in Sweden if so send her out to live in my antipodean paradise in the sunshine!
05:57 August 12, 2011 by bells on the knight
well did write about the tram episode in gothenburg where apparently no "blondes" were involved
07:36 August 12, 2011 by jostein

To me it seems you got a point if one compare the tram murder and Nancy Tavsan. Seems the tram murder got more publicity? And the murders are similar? It might be due to the fact that there was a surveilence movie. Another explanation though is that lintotts are grossly overrepresented as tabloid buyers? And still in majority for a decade or two?
09:47 August 12, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
23:17 August 11, 2011 by jostein

Finally, I am in agreement with you. But my description of their behaviour is almost 100% accurate. Believe me. I know 100% what I am talking about.

If that was not the point, then I misunderstood your meaning, but now I know that you are putting examples to challenge me. That is quite dangerous, believe me, quite dangerous.
11:00 August 12, 2011 by Decedo
I hope she's found and it safe.

On a lighter side....maybe she's tending the absent minded Dane's can in Malmö?
15:22 August 12, 2011 by tadchem
The withdrawal from normal social contacts and the dissociated behaviour are consistent with a self-imposed 'exile.' Depending on the depth of the depression present, if any, she may have comitted suicide, or simply walked away from a life she feels is unfulfilling.

Let's hope she has the sense to stay away from Aruba - the "Black Hole of pretty blondes."
10:34 August 14, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
15:22 August 12, 2011 by tadchem

"The case of Robyn Gardner from Maryland, who was reported missing since August 2 of this year, while vacationing in Aruba, has striking parallels to that of Natalee Holloway who disappeared 6 years ago from the same town and beach on the tiny Island."

These two cases of missing blonds in Aruba is not for making a generalization that implies that there are hundreds of missing blonds in Aruba.

Robyn Gardner went to Aruba with a "friend" she met at the Internet, after having a fight with her boyfriend. Natalee Holloway went to Aruba together with other 129 american students. She was drunk almost everyday and "apparently" she was sold to a Venezuelan man in 10 thousand dollars by a 17-years old student with the name of Joran Van Der Sloot , who was a suspect in her case. He is currently behind bars for the alleged murder of another young woman, but not for the dissapearance of Natalee.
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