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White Mustang mystery stumps Swedish police

Police remain baffled as to the whereabouts of the driver of white Ford Mustang rented in the Czech Republic and found abandoned near the side of a road in northern Sweden with the keys still inside.

White Mustang mystery stumps Swedish police

The abandoned car was found on Saturday on the side of a route 747 located about 20 kilometres west of Jokkmokk in northern Sweden.

On Sunday, authorities dispatched helicopter search and rescue teams as well as sniffer dogs in an attempt to find the vehicle’s missing driver, but to no avail.

“Something must have happened to leave the car so quickly and in such a peculiar way. It’s a mystery,” Anders Calderäng of the Norbotten County Police told the TT news agency.

The unlocked car was rented in the Czech Republic. Inside police found bank cards, car keys, some cash and a driver’s licence of the 26-year-old man believed to be the driver.

The car was due to be returned to the Czech rental agency last Thursday, but passed over the Öresund Bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark on Friday before turning up abandoned in Sweden’s far north

Police have been in contact with 26-year-old’s relatives in the Czech Republic, but they were also unsure of the man’s whereabouts and equally curious as to what may have happened.

“It’s a rather odd place to end up. And with a Ford Mustang, a white convertible – that doesn’t really fit in with this rural environment,” said Calderäng.

When a passerby discovered the car on the roadside near the Pärl River, they also found a set of tools and a rope in the vicinity of the Mustang.

Police are now looking into whether the 26-year-old had any acquaintances in Norbotten County that he may have planned to visit.

“We don’t suspect any foul play, but the circumstances are a little strange,” said Calderäng.

Anyone with information about the car, a white Ford Mustang GT convertible with Czech licence number 2AK9676, is encouraged to contact police at 114 14.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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