Search continues for missing men

Search efforts continued on Sunday for two men reported missing in highland areas in Jämtland in northern Sweden. A couple reported missing on Saturday have meanwhile been found alive and well.

Search continues for missing men

Police officers, home defence and volunteers were all involved in the search for a 78-year-old Dane who disappeared near Sveg, and a Norwegian who is thought to have gone missing near the Norwegian border.

“Unfortunately we have not found them,” said Åsa Wallinder at Jämtland police to the TT news agency on Sunday morning.

The 78-year-old disappeared on Saturday night in Härjedalen, sometime between midnight and 5am.

According to police, the man was travelling in a car with his wife. The car broke down near Sveg and they spent the night in the car. When his wife woke up early in the morning the man was gone.

Police have deployed dogs and helicopter in the search which has been boosted by volunteers mustered by the Missing People group.

“We have had extensive resources looking for him,” Wallinder confirmed.

Swedish and Norwegian forces are cooperating in the search for a Norwegian citizen who disappeared in the highlands.

Norwegian police alerted their Swedish colleagues during the early hours of Saturday after the man’s car was found in a rest area Skalstugan in Jämtland near the Norwegian border.

The man is reported to have been missing since Wednesday.

There was some good news however as police were able to locate a Swedish couple who were reported missing after a fishing trip in Helagsfjället in Ljungdalen.

The couple had been reported missing by a family member.

“There had been a misunderstanding. When the couple realized they were both sought after they contacted him,” Wallinder said.

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Swedish police find girl’s body at Avesta lake

Police in central Sweden have found the body of a girl by a lake, with signs pointing to it being the five-year-old who disappeared from a playground in Avesta in central Sweden on Saturday.

Swedish police find girl's body at Avesta lake

“I can confirm that we have found a body, which we have not 100 percent identified, but relatives have been informed,” said police spokesman Bo Eriksson at noon on Monday.

The girl disappeared from a playground outside her home in Horndal in Avesta on Saturday afternoon, according to police. The mother began to search for her and alerted the police at 7pm.

Both regular police patrols and search and rescue canine units have since been looking for the child in the area around Horndal.

The police confirmed on Monday that they did not suspect that the girl to be the victim of any crime. Police said that witnesses had seen the girl at the playground in Horndal on Saturday.

The police had previously reported that the girl had been missing since 1pm, but the timing is uncertain and is based on the mother’s initial reports.

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