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Mother of three found dead in a ditch

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08:45 CEST+02:00
A man has been detained on suspicion of murdering a 36-year-old woman with whom he had a previous relationship. The woman was found dead on Sunday morning.

The man was arrested on Saturday evening after his wife was formally reported missing although it is suspected that she has been missing for a longer period of time.

After police searched the couple's apartment they came to the conclusion that there was sufficient evidence to indicate foul play and the 34-year-old was arrested and taken to Sollentuna police station.

The woman was found after a search in the Märsta area of northern Stockholm on Sunday and on inspection of the body it has been concluded that her injuries indicate that she has been murdered.

According to a report in the Expressen daily the woman's body is thought to have been lying by a ditch in Skepptuna for more than a day, although she is thought to have been missing for longer.

According to the newspaper the man is previously known for having violently abused his wife and was recently convicted of assault for having assaulted her over the midsummer weekend.

The woman has previously been resident in protective housing.

Stockholm police on Sunday were restrictive in publicising details about the case confirming only the murder and the arrest. Police forensics were working intensively at the site throughout Sunday.

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