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Missing 4-year-old was murdered: police

TT/The Local/dl · 17 Oct 2011, 19:27

Published: 17 Oct 2011 19:27 GMT+02:00

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During a Monday afternoon press conference, Kronoberg County police spokesperson Robert Loeffel refused to go into specifics about the nature of police suspicions.

Nor did he release any details about how the boy died.

“Our investigators have worked on the scene all night, after which the boy was transported to Lund where an autopsy was carried out. There forensic experts could conclude that the boy's death was caused by a crime,” Loeffel told reporters, according to the Dagens Nyhter (DN) newspaper.

“We don't know what caused the boy's death or who did it, but we consider the incident to be a murder.”

So far, no one has been contacted about being a suspect in the case.

The boy went missing on Sunday afternoon after having an argument with a sibling at a playground in a residential area of Ljungby near which his body was found.

The boy has a total of five siblings.

A photographer with the Scanpix photo agency described the atmosphere in Ljungby, with few people out on the streets.

“People are terrified here and many don't dare let their kids leave school,” the photographer told the TT news agency.

Police continue to examine a roughly 300 square-metre area around where the 4-year-old's body was found.

Police were first notified about the boy's disappearance about 7.30pm on Sunday night.

Local resident Gun-Maj Lydén described how she was awakened on Sunday night by a large amount of police activity near her home, just a stone's throw from where the 4-year-old's body was found.

“We saw how they found something. It was really unpleasant. It was just a small child,” she told TT.

The boy had been missing for five hours when his body was found by a volunteer who had joined police in their search.

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Police continue to knock on doors in the area in hopes of getting more information and tips from the public.

“We would obviously like to have more tips from the public,” said Loeffel.

During the press conference it was also revealed that the family had been the target of an investigation by social services following a complaint filed in late August of this year.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:03 October 17, 2011 by Svensksmith
What sick piece of s--- murders a little 4 year old?
21:17 October 17, 2011 by skogsbo
I hope they detained the member of the public who assisted in this search and found him. This is a well known trick for getting and justifying why your DNA is at a crime scene and on the victim. Members of the public should NEVER be allowed to search an area first, they can be allowed to search a place the police have been previously checked, but unknowingly to them. They feel like they have done their bit, plus no scene contamination. Similar things have happened in the UK. Very poor police work.

It is concerning that there must be a nutter in that area, probably known to everyone, including the child.
22:07 October 17, 2011 by Opinionfool

Interesting presumption there; it must be a member of the public who murdered the child. Whereas it is more usual that the murderer turns out to be a member of the family. Of course I could be wrong and you right but on the meager evidence in this article we should both wait until something substantial is discover before we organise a lynch mob.
00:08 October 18, 2011 by Daniel Hynes
How sad. Condolences to the family..
00:57 October 18, 2011 by graceolsson

I think it is too early to suspect about the help of volunteer.
07:38 October 18, 2011 by skogsbo
Opinion Fool / Daniel, a member of the public can also be a family member and as everyone other than the police is a member of the public then the murderer has to be one, unless of course we are talking about alien intervention.

It is sad because a very large percentage of children in these cases know the perpetrator.

I wasn't not jumping to any conclusions, BUT the police should never have allowed a NON Police person to search, if they don't know the type of incident they are dealing with ie. missing, lost, injured or murdered child, THEY shouldn't jump to conclusions either. As I said very poor police work. How many other members of the public helping them search walked through those woods that day? It makes it an uphill battle from now on for them foresically and even when they get to court(hopefully), the defendant's brief will claim contamination! Meanwhile the family have to live through it.

Lats, your presuming the childs killer wasn't another child. Remember, never presume anything, trust no one and rule out nothing until proven. This is easier said than done in emotive child cases.
14:07 October 18, 2011 by eppie

Don't forget that the child was missing....nobody knew the child was dead when they started searching.

When you know there is a child in possible danger it is a good thing to use as many people as possible to help in the search.

Eventually when it turns out that there is DNA trace on the child from the person that found the body, this person is anyway a suspect. And if this person was indeed the killer likely it will not take long to get a confession.

And what kind of DNA trace is also a big question but very important. If someone that you met in the street turns up murdered it can be that your DNA is found on the body just because one of your hairs came off and landed on the body....this will make you a suspect but you won't be sentenced to life with just that evidence.
14:53 October 18, 2011 by skogsbo
Ellora, having been involved in dozens, if not hundreds of searches, in a previous occupation, I will standby my comments. I did my search management courses over 10 years ago and suspects getting themselves involved in the search to wreck evidence had already occured then. DNA can bring a cast iron conviction, but 1 mistake by the police or the lab and its worthless, then helping to cast doubt on other evidence, look at the recent Knox retrial for proof. Ps a forced confession under duress is also worthless. I would be thinking family disputes, estranged family members, known local pedos, etc its clearly an opportunist crime, so the killer must be local or travelling through there.
18:28 October 18, 2011 by Imperor
Argument with sibling turned bad? Probably not wholly intentional, but four year-olds are easy to kill...

As for forensics and DNA, remember that this is Sweden, not TV! Not even the US comes anywhere close to the sci-fi of CSI, and the reality neither, where they always find "skin-particles" or paint flakes large as coins on CSI, the reality just doesn't work that way! DNA-trace in the real world comes from semen, blood and in some rare cases, saliva, ig the perp actually spit on the victim...

Some extreme cases do exist, but no, this is actually pretty unimportant.
18:44 October 18, 2011 by jostein

In some cases like these the perp have been slightly older kids.
20:39 October 18, 2011 by skogsbo
jostein, more than once in the UK in the last decade that has occured. I think he had 4 brothers or sisters, it a harsh world but there will be rivalry there and jealously, as you say they may have underestimated that rock or branch they through at him.

Imperor, you can get skin/sweat transfer from a basic struggle, but it won't be much, under nails, rough clothing, or even sharp branches where the struggle occured.

Fibre transfer is likely swapping between the two of them, or more of them. Foot prints, weapons, access and escape routes there is plenty to go on, IF the scene is well managed. Knowing some people who work crime scenes and in labs, you might be suprised just what you can get,like the stuff you see lifting prints with super glue works. Doesn't mean that it is the only evidence needed to prove guilt, but it often eliminates or opens up different lines of enquiry.

DNA testing all residents is a great one, because even if you're innocent a relative of yours might not be and the DNA will show a close match, helping narrow the field.

There are a lot of flat looking out over the play ground window too, always a good chance of someone seeing something.

They clearly have something, but are keeping it tight for the time being. The problem is now unless they have managed a raid on the quiet, the suspects clothing will be long gone etc..
01:05 October 19, 2011 by jostein

Well, children are beginners at life. And part of life is conflict and agression. I can understand how they could get the dosage and timing wrong, being beginners.
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