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Missing man was held in abandoned school

When police found the abducted 25-year old man on Wednesday afternoon, he was being held in a former school building, in the small village of Robertsfors, near Umeå, in the north of Sweden.

Missing man was held in abandoned school
Press gathering at the remand hearing of the apprehanded couple in Uppsala.

”I saw at least four police officers and someone in a white suit with an automatic weapon. And I thought ‘What are they doing here?’,” said 40-year-old local Jens Enkvist, who witnessed the incident, to daily Aftonbladet.

The kidnapped man reportedly had minor injuries and was taken to hospital but police said that he was ”doing well under the circumstances”.

The building where the man was found is owned by a 26-year-old man, who had purchased it a mere ten days before the suspected abduction. To the vendor the man had said that he was an artist and that he would use the house as a studio.

”He seemed totally with it and very bright,” said previous owner Gösta Dahlström to daily Expressen.

However, Dahlqvist never actually met the man. The deal was struck over the phone and through the post. The money was paid in two instalments. Half was paid by the buyer and the other was deposited the day after by a woman, claiming to be the buyer’s girlfriend.

On Tuesday, a 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were brought in by police for questioning after being stopped in their car outside Uppsala. When searching their vehicle, police found things belonging to the missing man.

In conjunction with the man’s discovery, police apprehended a third man.. It is not confirmed if this is the owner of the house where the missing man was held.

The third suspect was formally arrested on Thursday morning, on suspicion of abduction between December 28th and January 4th.

On Thursday, the couple’s remand hearing is being behind locked doors, due to the sensitive stage of the police investigation.

So far, the woman has been remanded into custody pending trial.

According to daily Aftonbladet, the woman looked composed though shaken as she announced that she denied all allegations of involvement in the disappearance of the 25-year-old.

She had entered the hearing with a blanket over her head to avoid the gathered press.

The man reportedly seemed more at ease and smiled and nodded to the press before his hearing began. He also denied the allegations.

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Who’s behind Lund’s spate of car burnings?

The university town of Lund has seen a spate of car burnings over the last ten days, and police are stumped as to the possible motive.

Who's behind Lund's spate of car burnings?
A burned out car in Lund. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Patrik Isacsson, the local police chief, said that his city was home to few of the angry, marginalized youths associated with past spates of car burnings in troubled districts like Husby and Rinkeby in Stockholm. 
 
“We have none of that sort of social unrest,” he told the Sydsvenskan newspaper. “The police have not antagonized any young guys who might want to then take revenge.” 
 
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Lund has seen eight cars set on fire in the past ten days, with the most recent, an attack on a parked taxi on Norrängavägen in the east of the city, taking place early on Monday morning. 
 
Cars have been set alight across the city, often in locations close to the city centre. 
 
Isacsson said that the police were struggling to get a lead as none of the owners of the burned cars appeared to have any relation with one another. 
 
“We just don't know,” he admitted. 
 
“We are looking at youths in gangs, we're looking at pyromaniacs, we're checking out the people who like to stand and watch when they're burning, and we're looking at people who are mentally unwell and who want to get their frustration out through lighting fires.”
 
It was also possible that the burnings were part of an insurance fraud, Isacsson said, although he admitted this looked unlikely given the apparent lack of connection between the victims. 
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