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Swedish police find girl's body at Avesta lake

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Swedish police find girl's body at Avesta lake
12:05 CEST+02:00
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.

"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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