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Missing Malmö woman found unharmed

Rebecca Martin · 15 Aug 2011, 08:28

Published: 15 Aug 2011 08:28 GMT+02:00

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“A man called in and told us that someone who looked a lot like Jenny was sitting near a playground,” said press officer Lars-Håkan Lindholm from the Malmö police to The Local.

The man had spotted a woman who he thought looked very much like the missing Jenny across the street from his house.

According to a report in local paper Kvällsposten, the man recognised the outfit she was wearing from the descriptions in the papers and reacted to the fact that her legs looked badly sunburnt, as if she was in pain.

The man watched her as she walked about a hundred metres to a bench near a playground and sat down.

“I asked her if she was alright and she said she was,” the man told Kvällsposten.

He also asked if she was the missing Jenny from the papers, which she denied.

Not convinced, the man decided to phone authorities, telling the police that the woman as acting a bit “confused”.

A couple of police patrols were sent to the location identified by the caller and subsequently found Jenny.

“She was exhausted, but unharmed. One of the patrol cars drove her to the university hospital in Malmö where doctors looked after her,” Persson told the TT news agency.

When she was interviewed briefly by police, Jenny didn't divulge any information to indicate she had been held against her will or subject to any other crimes.

“She his since given an account of her whereabouts for the last week and as far as we are concerned the case is closed,” said Lindholm to The Local.

Nor were police unable to extract any details about where she had been since she was last seen by her boyfriend on the morning of August 1st.

According to her boyfriend, Jenny left the couple's shared flat in central Malmö around 9am, telling him that she was going “to work”. 

But apart from the boyfriend, no one else had seen Jenny since May, according to the local police, with the only contact coming via text messages. 

In addition, police later learned that Jenny had lied about claims to have been working at a Malmö hospital, as she had not been on the job since August of last year.

Despite many unanswered questions about her whereabouts in recent weeks, Jenny's family was relieved to learn she had been found.

"We're overjoyed, and we've received so much support," her mother, Anita Persson, told the Kvällsposten newspaper.

“We just hug her. Everything’s forgotten. We'll start from scratch and will try to help her,” she told the paper.

The family were reunited with Jenny in the hospital. The first one on the scene was her boyfriend, who never had given up hope that she was safe.

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"I told her that I thank God and everyone that she is alive," he told daily Aftonbladet.

The police don’t want to disclose any information regarding Jenny’s whereabouts but leave it to her and the family to go public with any details regarding the case.

“There were no peculiarities with the account she gave us,” said Lindholm to The Local.

At the same time, it doesn’t happen often that someone gone for as long as Jenny has been missing turn up safe.

“Especially not when there’s been so much media attention,” Lindholm told The Local.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:14 August 15, 2011 by andyron2
Happy ending for the family:)
09:26 August 15, 2011 by Luke R D
Thank goodness for the family! And I assume that there are a few armchair detectives from this forum that will now contemplate retirement after having condemned the boyfriend without evidence?
10:00 August 15, 2011 by Rick Methven
@Luke RD

Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen
10:02 August 15, 2011 by Snoopy!
Yes we are the condemners ?& one or two from memory were racist pillocks .

Back to your armchairs & stay there you cretins
10:44 August 15, 2011 by andyron2
@ Luke

love the stupid people! Without them there'd be no way to measure your brilliance.
12:13 August 15, 2011 by Boar
I guess she might have had fun secretly with an other guy. Maybe she made the other guy to inform about her. So, she is just quite now.
12:25 August 15, 2011 by I Groncour
I think she was abducted by aliens.
13:54 August 15, 2011 by RobinHood
@I Groncour

I was abducted by aliens once; it was no laughing matter. If she was so abducted, she has my sympathy.
15:42 August 15, 2011 by BBKING
Oooooooooooooooooooooooooh, I was so worried about her.
15:52 August 15, 2011 by Stickeroo
What happened? I thought the boyfriend killed her? Maybe posters will think before they jump to conclusions....idiots!
16:43 August 15, 2011 by countrysidedrive
Well its obvious the girl has mental problems. Hope she can get some help. She needs it.
19:42 August 15, 2011 by eddie123
it is nice she has turned up alive and well. however, that does not mean that the case is closed. the police must thoroughly investigate her whereabouts and the circumstance surrounding this ordeal.

that said, i'll reiterate my earlier suggestion - if a person goes missing, it should be a point of law that the last known person to have seen the missing person alive should automatically be a person of interest.
21:37 August 15, 2011 by jostein
From the information people had, it was reasonable to assume the boyfriend murdered her and then lied about it since may. I did not make this assertion but im sympathetic towards those who did, it is the normal explanation in cases such as this.

Right now however this woman seem like the dodgy one, the bf, well, we dont know. But the way it looks there is nothing contradicting a bf who wanted to believe and a gf on the slide, lying through her teeth about more or less everything. The police claimed they closed any and all criminal investigation. The probably know alot more than us so lets accept that the disapearence was totally 100% volontary. Even if the skatteverket probably should take an extra interest in this woman.
23:12 August 15, 2011 by Mark S.
@eddie123 - what exactly would it mean to make it a "point of law"? Think it through a bit:

Are you saying to the police "I do not care how many promising leads you have - investigate the witness even if you have better leads"?

Are you saying to the police "Keep investigating the witness even after you have concluded that they were not involved"?

Are you saying to witnesses "Do not admit to being the last to see somebody, because you will automatically be the person of interest "?

Or are you just saying to the police "Use good judgment in your investigations"? Did they do that in this case? How do you know?
18:48 August 16, 2011 by muscle
oh come on!!!! I was interested in knowing where she had been and now they are not letting us know!!!!!
23:09 August 16, 2011 by Boar
You will never know that. She was secretly dating another guy since an year. She just eloped with the other guy and when she found herself in the newspapers she voluntarily came out. And, it's a private matter. How can anyone know it, if she is just quite. No one can force her to speak. It's over and over. That's it.
04:21 August 18, 2011 by Bender B Rodriquez
Sounds like some mental health issue to me. Possibly a major depressive episode.
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