Lucky accident leads police to missing toddler

A 2-year-old girl who had been missing for three hours in the snowy fields of central Sweden was found by police officers on Sunday when they accidentally drove their car into a ditch and then heard her crying.

Lucky accident leads police to missing toddler

Officers had been called in when the 2-year-old, who was barefoot and only lightly dressed, had wandered off from her home in Ljusdal, central Sweden.

“We immediately started an extensive search as it was deemed a serious case,” Paul Edenström of the Gävleborg county police told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“We were on our way up with helicopters from Stockholm and we had dogs and all the available police resources at hand.”

The girl had walked off after playing with her sister in the back garden of the family’s country house.

She had managed to get almost three kilometres from the house by the time a nearby police car got one wheel stuck in a ditch, an incident that proved to be a lucky accident.

As the officers evacuated the car to try and push it free, they heard the 2-year-old crying nearby. They waded out in the waist-deep snow to collect her.

“She was frozen and sad, but she didn’t need any medical attention. The police took her directly home to her parents,” Edenström said.

“It was really comforting for everyone that we found her.”

Edenström added, however, that he thought the police helicopter would have had no trouble finding the toddler, as her red jacket was in such strong contrast to the snow.

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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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