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Missing Swede found barefoot and freezing

TT/Rebecca Martin · 1 Mar 2012, 08:04

Published: 01 Mar 2012 08:04 GMT+01:00

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“He was confused and injured. We were soon able to identify him as the missing 58-year-old,“ said Robert Loeffel of the police to news agency TT.

Håkan Ingervald from Växjö in southern Sweden had disappeared under rather suspicious circumstances on Monday morning, leaving his breakfast on the table and coffee in the percolator.

The only sign of him was a bloodied newspaper on the drive and a pair of slippers he left behind.

Ingerwald's wife reported her husband missing after workmen who were doing some work on their house flagged his sudden and unexpected disappearance.

Ingerwald has no criminal record and is not previously known to police.

Police have been baffled by his disappearance after a forensic investigation uncovered little other than bloodstains on the stairs despite sniffer dogs patrolling the area.

But on Wednesday, an exhausted and barefoot Ingerwald, hands tied up with sliver duct tape, rang the doorbell of a house some 140 kilometres from his home, looking for help.

“He said he had been kidnapped and dumped in the woods. He said he had walked all day,” said Annelie Simonsson, whose house Ingerwald had approached, to daily Aftonbladet.

The family, who recognized Ingerwald as the missing person from the paper, immediately called the police and he was quickly taken to hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

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Police spokesperson Loeffel was unwilling to disclose he extent of Ingerwald’s injuries, but said they had been able to speak to him briefly on Wednesday night.

“We have received information form him stating that he was abducted,” Loeffel told TT.

A police press conference has been scheduled for Thursday.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:54 March 1, 2012 by wolverine2k
Martians again!
11:46 March 1, 2012 by skogsbo
i guess he read the story about the guy in the snowy car getting a tv deal and wanted his own?

You would imagine decent forensics could easily prove this. There will be DNA in his house or driveway.

Retrace the route he walked with tracking dogs.. no doubt Swedish police will drag their heels for a few days and then declare there is no evidence.

Any kidnappers would have to be exceptionally good not to leave any trace, it's a question of if the Police are clever enough to find it.
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