Arrest in hunt for missing mother of two

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of having kidnapped a 20-year-old mother of two who was reported missing on Sunday.

Arrest in hunt for missing mother of two

The man is an acquaintance of the woman and has previous contact with the police. The man denies all suspicions directed against him.

“We will now check the information which the man has submitted in interviews and we will continue with the investigation. We are in the process of putting the puzzle together and are primarily focused on finding the missing woman,” said Eva Johnsson at Uddevalla police in a statement.

The search for the missing woman has now been extended to include countryside in the vicinity of Hunneberg north of Trollhättan.

The police on Tuesday found some items of clothing and a backpack which was deemed of interest to the investigation.

The police will examine the items during the course of Wednesday and continue to interview several friends and acquaintances in order to get a better idea of the woman’s movements prior to her disappearance.

Around 200 volunteers from the Missing People organization joined the search on Tuesday. Renewed attempts to find the woman will be made at 5pm on Wednesday.

“It is positive that so many volunteers are involved in the search party,” said Kenneth Söderlund of Missing People.

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Kidnappers with chainsaw abduct man in Stockholm

A man has been arrested after armed kidnappers bundled a man into a van and drove off with him shortly after noon on Friday outside the Bromma Blocks shopping centre in Stockholm.

Kidnappers with chainsaw abduct man in Stockholm
The scene of the kidnapping in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

Police were tight-lipped on the vehicle’s appearance and would not comment on the extent of the search for the missing man.

But newspaper Aftonbladet reported that several men had jumped out of a foreign-registered van after forcing the victim’s car off the road.

At least one of the kidnappers was armed with a chainsaw, the newspaper said.

“We are looking for the vehicle right now and we are questioning witnesses at the scene. It’s an ongoing operation,” police press spokesman Hesam Akbar told news agency TT.

And just after 15:30, authorities confirmed they had arrested a man suspected of involvement in the kidnapping. 

“I can't say more because we are looking for more people,” police spokesperson Alvin Näverberg told TT.

As of 16:00 on Friday evening the man who was abducted had not yet been found.