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Police arrest man found with missing girl

Police in Gothenburg have formally arrested the 24-year-old man found in the company of a 9-year-old girl who was found early Friday morning after having been missing for 20 hours, suspecting the man may have kidnapped the girl.

Police arrest man found with missing girl

The arrest order come following interrogations carried out Friday morning.

“I can’t give you any details of what the man has said or what our suspicions are,” said Björn Engblom of the county police to local paper Göteborgs-Posten (GP).

The man was discovered together with the 9-year-old girl outside some 400 metres from her home just before 3am on Friday.

He was immediately brought in for questioning and around 9.30am a prosecutor decided to formally detain him.

Some 500-600 volunteers from the organization Missing People took part in the search for the missing 9-year-old.

There are differing stories as to how the girl was found. According to the volunteers, she was spotted by three young women.

“There were three girls who came before me and found her and I followed shortly after,” said volunteer John Petterson to TT.

The group quickly surrounded the 24-year-old man, blocking his ability to leave the scene.

”I asked where he had found her and he pointed a bit further away and said ’in the park’,” said Petterson.

Petterson then asked the man if he had been part of the search party. The man said that he was.

”But he seemed really sad and subdued. It seemed suspicious,” said Petersson to TT.

The volunteers then made the man sit down to wait for emergency services to arrive.

On Friday morning, police classified the incident as kidnapping and the investigation will be handled by the county police.

The 24-year-old will also be assigned a defence lawyer.

According to GP, officers used the morning hours to gather as much information as they could about the disappearance of the girl, from the girl herself as well as others who may be able to shed light on events.

“Kidnapping is a very serious crime,” said police spokesman Björn Gustafsson to GP.

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Trollhättan suspect to be extradited to Sweden

A Polish court ruled on Friday that the 36-year-old man who turned himself in over the murder of a mother-of-two in Trollhättan, western Sweden, should be extradited to Sweden.

Trollhättan suspect to be extradited to Sweden

The man is suspected of murdering a 23-year-old woman, who has been missing since June 30th in the western Swedish town, roughly 75 kilometres north of Gothenburg.

“We can confirm that on Monday we detained a Swedish man who was being searched for internationally by Swedish police,” Mariusz Sokolowski of the national Polish police force told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“This occurred in the Swedish embassy in Warsaw. We came there at the request of the embassy.”

He added that the case was taken as seriously in Poland as it is in Sweden.

IN PICTURES: Police and the Missing People volunteers join the search

The 36-year-old suspect had been detained before in Sweden on suspicion of kidnapping, while two younger men were detained for aiding a criminal. He will be back on Swedish shores within ten days.

The hunt for the woman’s body has been extensive, involving police divers and hundreds of members of the volunteer Missing People organization. Her body is still missing.

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